Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Box-Office: 'X-Men Days Of Future Past' Soars To $90 Million Memorial Day Weekend Opening

Box Office
by The Playlist
May 25, 2014 2:08 PM
10 Comments
  • |

In order to convey that the X-Men are smaller, less-known characters in the Marvel Universe compared to The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, director Bryan Singer has been given to describe the “X-Men” of late as the “bastard stepchild of the comic-book universe.” And while the X-Men are far from underground or on the fringes, perhaps Singer’s comments do have a tiny bit of merit. 

While his latest X-picture, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” did open to $90.7 million this weekend, that’s far below the forecasted $100+ million the soaring reviews helped project; the film did fall below the opening weekend gross of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Godzilla,” and even the poorly reviewed “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” So yes, ‘Days Of Future Past’ had the 2nd best opening weekend of an X-men movie ever (after "X-Men: The Last Stand"), but relatively, it’s the lowest opening weekend gross of all the summer blockbusters thus far.

And while its opening was somewhat disappointing stateside, despite an A Cinemascore for those that saw it and a four-day weekend that should reach $110 million, ‘Days Of Future Past’ performed fantastically overseas with $171 million internationally. Compare it to “Godzilla,” which opened to almost $200 million worldwide—with the tally of the international market, ‘Days Of Future Past’ opened to $261 million worldwide. Maybe not stepchildren after all. 

Speaking of “Godzilla,” the monster took a whopping 66% percent plunge in its 2nd weekend, but perhaps that was to be expected when another major tentpole was opening. But even with another tentpole in release, it seems as if word of mouth wasn't as strong as was expected. And it sounds terrific on paper, but box-office pundits are already projecting that all three summer tentpoles thus far—‘DOFP,’ “Godzilla” and ‘ASM2’ could fall short of $250 million total domestically (and “Godzilla” may not go higher than $200 million domestically, but the upside is that’s already over $300 million worldwide). Compare that to Michael Bay's "Transformers" series: not one of those films grossed less than $300 million at home. Even lesser-touted, non-summer blockbusters have made that mark including "The Lego Movie" and 'Winter Soldier,' which came out at the beginning of April.

Adam Sandler got kicked in the nuts by audiences again. His “Blended” romcom with Drew Barrymore was Sandler’s worst PG-13 opening in 18 years and his second consecutive bomb in a row (if you don’t count the “super team-up” of “Grown Ups 2”). 2012’s “That's My Boy” was Sandler’s lowest-grossing opening since 2000’s “Little Nicky.” “Blended” opened worse than “Little Nicky” and just a little bit better than “That’s My Boy.” Suffice it to say the paid holiday model of stupidity that Sandler has ridden for more than a decade seems to be slowing down and audiences are finally catching on. The upside is maybe these bombs mean Sandler will begin to work with good directors again (and Thomas McCarthy's "The Cobbler" starring the comedian should probably arrive next year).

Rounding out the weekend, the rest of the box-office was probably where it should be with "Neighbors" at the #4 slot, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" still in the top 5 and no real remarkable growth spurts or tumbles aside from Jon Favreau's "Chef," which expanded by 426 theaters and saw 218% gross. It’s still only at $3.5 million stateside, but for a film with modest box-office appeal that’s been slowly rolling out, that platform-type of release is working. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" reached the $673 million mark worldwide and as much as you like to malign that series, put that into perspective: it's now outgrossed "Man Of Steel" worldwide, so the global markets seem to have no issue with it (the film has grossed $90 million so far).

Milestones: "Frozen," which shows no signs of slowing down in Japan (11 weeks at #1), just became the fifth-highest grossing film of all time, surpassing "Iron Man 3" with a total of $819 million. Four-Day Weekend Update:  "X-Men: Days of Future Past" grossed $111 million over the 4 day weekend and its global total is already $302 million. The four-day "Godzilla" haul was $39.4 million and Adam Sandler’s “Blended” grossed $18 million over the holiday weekend.

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past $90.7M
2. Godzilla $31.4 M ($148.7 M)
3. Blended $14.2 M
4. Neighbors $13.9 M ($113.6 M)
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $7.8 M ($184.9M)
6. Million Dollar Arm $7 M ($20.6 M)
7. The Other Woman $3.6 M ($77.7 M)
8. Rio 2 $2.5 M ($121.5 M)
9. Chef $2.2 M ($3.5 M)
10. Heaven Is for Real $1.9 M ($85.7 M)

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

10 Comments

  • Shannon | May 27, 2014 1:55 PMReply

    Mediocre at best. JLaw couldn't beat the opening of Godzilla with a movie franchise that has been out for years which wasn't really a good movie. The reason why I point out JLaw is because the advertisement centered around her. X-men was the only blockbuster movie out this weekend. It's done with Maleficent coming up this weekend. So much for JLaws staying power.

  • Pangolin | May 27, 2014 12:27 PMReply

    Awesome Movie, Wonderful Cast! Best XMEN Movie so far! Congratulations to all the cast, director and producers!

    By the way, Did you notice our FABULOUS BACKPACK #PANGOLIN?

    It's featured right at the beginning of the movie! If you didn't realize watch it again and you will see. It's worth watching it all over again!

  • Tyler | May 26, 2014 3:08 AMReply

    I was very happy with the new x-men. Great characters and a fast-paced story fuelled by a tight script. Hopefully it will pick up steam and hold up well over the next month (though I'm also rooting for Days of Tomorrow based on it's critical consensus!)

  • Jamie | May 25, 2014 5:15 PMReply

    Upside: Caught the Sunday morning show in 3D. Excellent film of its kind. Good story line, lots of action, good actors having a good time which is a lot more than you get with most superhero movies. This isn't PBS, kick back set brain on fun and have a good time. Extra: The physical scenery is even better than the special effects.

    Downside: The ticket cost $10.50 and a hot dog and Med Popcorn was $12.50. At some point people are simply saying why not stay home with the family and watch on pay per view?

  • KT | May 25, 2014 3:44 PMReply

    "While his latest X-picture “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” did open to $90.7 million this weekend..."

    inb460%dropnextweekend

  • Wash | May 25, 2014 3:17 PMReply

    Right, Mao, because everyone ever accused of a crime has always been guilty all of the time.

  • Glass | May 25, 2014 3:15 PMReply

    "So yes, ‘Days Of Future Past’ had the best opening weekend of an X-men movie ever"

    The Last Stand opened at over $100mil this same weekend 8 years ago :/

  • TP | May 25, 2014 7:54 PM

    Ah, right, correct, our bad.

  • PRESIDENT MAO | May 25, 2014 2:20 PMReply

    I hope Bryan Singer spend all his money in lawyer fees and doesnt see a dime from residuals of X-Men: Days of Future Past ...

  • Arod | May 25, 2014 3:49 PM

    grow up.

Email Updates