Memorial Day Weekend is generally known as the start of summer movie season, which has somehow moved back to early May. It still remains a big movie weekend for the studios and this year is no different.
It’s a Marvel superhero movie weekend yet again as a new addition to the X-Men franchise from Twentieth Century Fox hits screens, X-Men: Apocalypse directed by Bryan Singer. The X-Men: First Class Cast (Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne) are joined by some new mutants (Olivia Munn, Sophie Turner, Ben Hardy, Tye Sheridan) to stop uber-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) from wiping out the human race. Angry Birds managed to knock the other Marvel movie (that one actually from Marvel Studios) Captain America: Civil War off the top spot last weekend, but should now be more worried about the arrival of mutants rather than those pigs they’re always having to defeat.
Marvel owner Disney has a new entry at the box office this weekend with a sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass directed by James Bobin (Muppets Most Wanted) and written by Linda Woolverton (Maleficent). Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska and Stephen Fry all return to carry on the cinematic adventures of Lewis Carroll’s Alice as she encounters the weird inhabitants of Wonderland. The reviews so far have been lackluster, so it will be interesting to see how this movie holds up against heavy hitters like X-Men, and solid holdovers such as Captain America and Angry Birds.
There isn’t much happening at the specialty box office this weekend, but there are a few new entries if mutants and CGI wonderlands aren’t your thing. Like thriller The Ones Below (Magnolia) written and directed by David Farr (writer of Hanna, debut as a feature director), foreign entries Chevalier (Greece) and The Wailing (South Korea), in addition to Holy Hell, a documentary about a West Hollywood cult in the 1980s.
Here is a rundown of this weekend’s releases.*
In Wide Release:
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (Disney)
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (Twentieth Century Fox)
In Limited Release:
AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM (Abramorama)
HOLY HELL (WRA Productions)
THE IDOL (Adopt Films)
MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT IMPORTANT THINGS (Gathr Films)
THE ONES BELOW (Magnolia)
PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW (Magnolia)
UNLOCKING THE CAGE (Rialto – Opened Wednesday)
THE WAILING [GOKSUNG] (Well Go USA)
Title information from Box Office Mojo
Poster art from IMP Awards
*While we strive to provide correct information and include every film opening, titles and dates are subject to change without notice.