Box office roundup – May 26, 2014 – “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

x-men-days-of-future-past-Omar Syd as Bishop_rgb1. X-Men: Days of Future Past -$90.7 million [debut week] As expected, the mutants dominated Memorial Day weekend with one of the year’s highest openings. The return of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Halle Berry to the franchise certainly helped attract audiences. The lure of seeing how the original trilogy stars would interact with the series’ new stars Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy proved to be an irresistible one for audiences.

With an additional $171 million international haul, DOFP brought in a total $261 million worldwide. And with Memorial Day to go, this should hit around $107 million.

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That won’t be enough to beat out the $122 million opening for “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which set a franchise record when it debuted Memorial Day weekend in 2006 without benefit of 3D. “Last Stand” earned $102 million during the traditional three day weekend, but “DOFP” marks a strong turnaround for the franchise, which saw decreasing returns for the last three X-Men films since “Last Stand.”

The excellent critical acclaim and “A” CinemaScore should keep this atop the box office next weekend despite Angelina Jolie’s highly anticipated “Maleficent.”

 

Kimberley French/Warner Bros. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford.
Kimberley French/Warner Bros.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford.

2. Godzilla – $30.5 million [2nd week; $156 million in total] This one wasn’t a big surprise as it was all but assured to plummet when “X-Men” arrived, but the monster thriller had a staggering 67 percent drop from its opening weekend. Of the year’s biggest blockbusters, “Godzilla” had the biggest drop and will likely continue falling fast in the upcoming weeks. For the holiday weekend, it should roar to a total close to $40 million.
 

3. Blended – $14 million [debut week] Adam Sandler’s reunion with Drew Barrymore didn’t do all that much for audiences. Of Sandler’s last 10 live-action films, only 2007’s “Reign Over Me” ($7.4 million) and 2012’s “That’s my Boy” ($13.4 million) had worse debuts.

4. Neighbors – $14 million [3rd week; $117 million in total] Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s frat comedy has been one of the year’s most unexpected monster hits, made even more impressive when you consider the film’s paltry $18 million budget.

5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $8 million [4th week; $185 million] This week’s haul wasn’t surprising, but with $489 million, Spider-Man’s sequel is the highest grossing international film of the year. In total, the movie has made an impressive $675 million worldwide and closing in fast on the $703 million of “Captain America: The Winter Solider.”

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