Friday Box Office: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Opens with $36 Million; Tracking $113 Million for Memorial Day Holiday

     May 24, 2014


Opening estimates are in for X-Men: Days of Future Past and it looks like the franchise is on its way to its best debut since 2006.  From 3,996 locations, Days of Future Past brought in an estimated $36 million on Friday, including $8.1 million from Thursday pm previews.  That’s the second-highest opening day this year, behind last Friday’s monster Godzilla launch.  The all-star X-Men sequel is expected to bring in close to $95 million through Sunday, which would put it just under 2014′s weekend title holder: Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  In terms of the four-day holiday, Days of Future Past is projected to earn about $113 million.  That would qualify as one of the top five Memorial Day debuts of all time, behind last year’s Fast & Furious 6 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

The weekend’s other major release, Blended, got off to a disappointing start.  The romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore earned an estimated $4.4 million from 3,555 locations, which suggests that $20 million for the four-day holiday is now out of reach.  We’ll have updates on the holiday box office later this weekend.

 Title Friday Total
1.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $36,000,000 $36
2.  Godzilla $8,840,000 $126.1
3.  Blended $4,405,000 $4.4
4.  Neighbors $4,200,000 $103.8
5.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $2,000,000 $179.1
  • Ted

    happy for DOFP. a great movie (much better than the Avengers)

    fuck Blended. (on another note, im still waiting for Sandler to return to more serious roles, he was awesome in both Reign Over Me and especially Punch-Drunk Love)

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Thankfully Sandler has roles in a Jason Reitman film and a Tom McCarthy film coming up.

    • Mike Brown

      There is no way, and I mean no way DOFP is better than Avengers just based on continuity alone. The newest X-men flick betrays all the other story lines a head of it. Not that all the X films before were great before it but Avengers is a better all round movie, series, and Marvel Studios has it in spades over Fox and Sony

      • World’s Finest Comments

        I don’t know, Rhodie and Bruce Banner both look a lot different. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

      • replying to idiots

        Does recasting characters mean a movie is bad? Because I’m sure I’ve seen a tall black guy named Bolivar Trask turn into a little white guy with anchorman hair.

      • Luis Humberto

        They also have diferent origins stories, in TIH mentions that Banner works in a formula for human resistance to the gamma rays without notion of part of this formula came from the supersoldier original formula. In Avengers Coulson says that Banner was trying to find the original supersoldier formula thinking gamma rays are the key to replicate it. Two different origins…

      • Doug

        I disagree. X-Men is better. Avengers is good, but DOFT has stronger emotion and stronger connections between characters, and fights where they actually act as a team, unlike Avengers (or previous X-Men films for that matter).

        To judge a movie “on continuity alone” is a silly thing to do. Also, this movie in no way betrays what came before, just like the new Star Trek does not betray old Star Trek.

      • Ted

        DOFP is a superbly edited film, with over 15 characters that were given just the right amount of screen time and it has so many things that couldve been done wrong but they werent.

      • replying to idiots

        I completely agree with you and I am ashamed that people are letting DOFP pass with all of its inconsistencies. Since when have we let movies ignore what came before it? Are we really gonna ignore plot holes just because there was an “emotional” ending?

        People complained that Magneto would never had left Mystique behind when she was demutantized in X3 yet now we’re gonna accept that he is willing to kill her (and in such a sloppy way).

        All I know is that for now on, my money will be spent only on Marvel Studio movies because they actually know what their doing.

  • DEADP00L

    That’s disappointing. That’s actually not good considering X-mens opening history – this had IMAX tickets Digital and 3D attached Vs the other films that opened up with no IMAX or 3d. Not good at all. I think Singer’s accusations did hurt this movie after all. Damn it I wanted this thing to do better, even though I was grossly disappointed in it I really wanted this to do better. Whatever it is what it is and there will be a sequel anyway. So it doesn’t really matter if it doesn’t do that well.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Well hopefully this means there was a lot of goodwill because of First Class and maybe DOFP will keep that trend going for Apocalypse’s box office. I’m kind of seeing this as rebound numbers, personally.

    • Person

      I actually don’t think this had IMAX, but yeah, it should have grossed much more given inflation, 3D, and other premiums.

      • DEADP00L

        It’s showing in the IMAX theater where I’m at that’s where I saw it. But I agree I too expected this to do better than X2 and it just isn’t.

      • Person

        My mistake, didn’t remember seeing IMAX as an option in my area.

  • axalon

    $113 million feels a little low, no? Shouldn’t it be $150?

  • Jamie Teller

    Ha ha, Adam Sandler’s lazy, terrible comedy is flopping.

  • Steven

    Sandler’s best movies were Wedding Singer and Big Daddy, so screw the critics.

    But the past few years he has made dreadful film after dreadful film.

  • Mezmero

    I’m sure DOFP was good but until Justice League comes out and make over a billion dollars nothing will be better than Avengers. Could you also explain how it’s better and not say it is. Or maybe your just an idiot. You can’t say something is better when you can’t say why.

    • eternalozzie

      it looks like english

  • eternalozzie

    Spider-man 2 made about the same its opening Friday … is it just me or are less people going to the movies the last few years?

    • DEADP00L

      Spiderman did horribly compared to Sams in terms of gross and openings and that is explained by the fact that they rebooted something that didn’t need it. X-men was never as big as Spiderman even from the beginning. I think it’s because there is no main character and no real focus so non-fans and just average people don’t find it as interesting.

      • eternalozzie

        I was really just comparing dollars to dollars to a similar film this summer.