‘X-Men’ knocks ‘Godzilla’ from top of box office with $91M debut
WATCH: Trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past
LOS ANGELES – A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.
The made-in-Montreal X-Men: Days of Future Past debuted with $91 million beating last weekend’s No. 1 hit, the sci-fi adventure Godzilla, which earned $31.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Days of Future Past is estimated to earn nearly $110 million over the four-day extended holiday weekend, which would make it the fifth-highest Memorial Day opener just after last year’s $117 million-grossing Fast & Furious 6. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End holds as the highest Memorial holiday debut ever with $140 million in 2007.
It appears the attention Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has received lately due a sexual assault lawsuit didn’t deter fans from flocking to the theatre. The director dropped out of doing any press for the film following the allegations because he didn’t want to divert attention from the movie.
Days of Future Past is the second-highest opener in the X-Men franchise after Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand debuted over Memorial Day weekend with $123 million in 2006.
The film brings together a massive star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage and Ellen Page.
Globally, Days of Future Past opened No. 1 in 119 countries with $262 million, the highest grossing opening weekend worldwide of the X-Men franchise.
The romantic comedy Blended debuted at No. 3 with a lacklustre $14.2 million. In the movie, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up for the third time following The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
Though Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 grossed $247 million worldwide, his box office success has teetered over the years. His 2012 comedy That’s My Boy earned only $58 million globally, while his 2011 films, Jack and Jill and the Jennifer Aniston co-starring Just Go With It gained $150 million and $215 million worldwide, respectively.
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron-starring lewd comedy Neighbours took in $14 million as it crosses the $100 million mark domestically with $114 million overall.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rounds out the top five with $8 million in its fourth weekend, while Million Dollar Arm followed close behind with a solid $7.1 million in its second weekend.
Four comedies populated the top 10 with The Other Woman landing at No. 7 and Jon Favreau’s Chef, at No. 9.
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