Weekend Box Office: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Wins Holiday Frame with $90.7 Million

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No surprise here, X-Men: Days of Future Past was the clear winner this weekend.  What is a bit more surprising is the number attached to that win, which was not as close to $100 million as projected.  The all-star mutant sequel took in an estimated $90.7 million from 3,996 locations through Sunday and is now expected to top $100 million after tomorrow’s Memorial Day holiday.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $90,700,000 $90.7
2.  Godzilla $31,425,000 $148.7
3.  Blended $14,245,000 $14.2
4.  Neighbors $13,946,000 $113,6
5.  Amazing Spider-Man $7,800,000 $184.9
6.  Million Dollar Arm $7,093,000 $20.6
7.  The Other Woman $3,675,000 $77.7
8.  Rio 2 $2,500,000 $121.5
9.  Chef $2,260,000 $3.5
10.  Heaven is for Real $1,950,000 $85.7

 

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

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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

Simon Kinberg “Regrets” Where X-MEN: THE LAST STAND Ended Up; Confirms Quicksilver for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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In my look back at X-Men: The Last Stand, I noted that it wasn’t an awful film as much as it’s a frustrating one since it’s trying to pursue two storylines: “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and another about the mutant “cure”.  Simon Kinberg, who wrote the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and co-wrote The Last Stand, also isn’t completely pleased with the 2006 film.  Specifically, he regrets “that “The Dark Phoenix story wasn’t the primary story of the movie.”  He goes on to tell say that he regrets where The Last Stand ended up, but like the characters in Days of Future Past, he now has an opportunity to right a past wrong.  “It’s sort of a chance for me to go back and do differently what I did ten years ago on ‘X3‘,” says Kinberg.

Hit the jump for more including a brief update on the next X-Men movie, X-Men: ApocalypseX-Men: Days of Future Past opens on Friday.

“Born into a World Divided”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

Even if Bryan Singer had returned to direct the third X-Men movie, X2 would have been a tough act to follow.  However, he hinted at a clear path forward, or at least enough of a hint that it allowed fans to imagine what could have been.  When Singer decided to direct Superman Returns instead, he left a sequel in limbo.  Fox was going to move forward with or without him, and it was a bumpy road just to put someone in the director’s chair let alone find a way to get the right script.  Even with these issues, X-Men: The Last Stand isn’t a disaster.  If X2 didn’t exist and this was the direct sequel to 2000′s X-Men, it would be on par.  But X2 raised expectations, and in The Last Stand‘s attempt to pursue two potentially great plotlines, it reduces the impact of both.

Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg Talks the Evolution of the Script, Time Travel, the X-MEN Franchise, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox owns many of my favorite Marvel characters.  Since Marvel has done such an amazing job combining their various characters across their movies, I was wondering when Fox might do something similar with the ones they own.  During a group interview with writer-producer Simon Kinberg on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past last summer, he revealed the studio was finally thinking about it:

“Fox is a very different place than it was when I made X-Men 3 there. And it’s been evolving since X3 to First Class to this, and there’s no question that the Marvel model has influenced and inspired them. We approached this movie from the standpoint of what to do with the universe rather than what to do with the story. We talked about other Marvel properties at Fox and talked a lot about what the future stories would be, whether they followed the cast in the future or the cast in the past and they’re all about trying to do what Marvel’s done and create different platforms for different stories.”

During the rest of the great interview, Kinberg talked about the evolution of the script, time travel, changes from the comic storyline, the X-Men franchise, having both casts in the film, the challenges of scheduling the various actors, how he approached the Sentinels, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Bryan Singer Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Previous X-MEN Movies, MAN OF STEEL, STAR TREK, and More

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Last week, we reported that the Fantasia International Film Festival was hosting “Rated X: An Evening with Bryan Singer” where the director would talk about his life and career.  They were also showing footage from his upcoming movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it turns out they showed the same trailer from Comic-Con (you can read our recap of that footage here).  During the conversation, Singer provided some details on Days of Future Past, but also gave his thoughts on his previous movies as well other pictures including X-Men: The Last Stand, Man of Steel, and Star Trek.

Hit the jump for more.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.

Blu-ray Deal: Marvel Bundle with All X-MEN Films Plus DAREDEVIL, FANTASTIC FOUR, and More for 70% Off

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Comic-Con 2013 is officially in full swing, and to celebrate the occasion Amazon has a pretty geek-friendly Blu-ray deal as today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day.  The Marvel Blu-ray bundle (sadly no the Disney-owned Marvel) is now 70% off, which is only $59.99 down from $199.99.  The set is a bit of a mixed bag, as it includes X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, Daredevil, Fantastic 4, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and ElektraClick here to buy.

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Hugh Jackman Reveals When THE WOLVERINE Takes Place; Says We’ll See an X-Men Cameo

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We’ve seen plenty of set photos from The Wolverine, and so far it looks like we were going to see Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) across plenty of locations.  One of the settings was a Japanese POW camp, so some of the movie has to take place in the past, right?  While that may still be the case, it looks like the majority of the plot will take place in the modern day.  We already knew that the movie was standalone in the sense that there wouldn’t be many mutants, and it wouldn’t pay attention to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  But the question remains: does The Wolverine take place before X-Men or after X-Men: The Last Stand?

Hit the jump for more.  The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.

Weekend Box Office – X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Clears $56 Million in Debut

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As the only new release of June’s first frame, X-Men: First Class easily claimed the top spot with an estimated $56 million from 3,641 locations.  While that is nowhere near what the last three X-films earned in their debuts, let’s face it, First Class was never playing in their league.

Title Weekend Total
1 X-Men: First Class $56,000,000 $56
2 The Hangover Part II $32,445,000 $186.8
3 Kung Fu Panda 2 $24,300,000 $100.4
4 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $18,010,000 $190.2
5 Bridesmaids $12,128,000 $107.2
6 Thor $4,200,000 $169
7 Fast Five $3,240,000 $202
8 Midnight in Paris $2,916,000 $6.9
9 Jumping the Broom $865,000 $35.9
10 Something Borrowed $835,000 $36.6

Is Multiple Man Enrolling in Matthew Vaughn’s X-MEN: FIRST CLASS?

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Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters may be getting a lot more mutants.  Well, actually just a lot of the same mutant.  Comic Book Movie reports that the character Multiple Man (real name: Jamie Maddrox) will among the students in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class.  For those who can’t already guess, Maddrox’s power is that he can make copies of himself.  He was a villain in X-Men: The Last Stand (played by Eric Dane), which leads me to wonder which “X-Men” movies are canon at this point and which are being ignored.  It’s possible that Maddrox is a pupil who “went bad”, but I continue to advocate that The Last Stand should be forgotten.

Hit the jump for a list of the other mutants we can expect to see in the upcoming film.  X-Men: First Class is set to open on June 3, 2011.

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