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

 

Full story after the jump.

x-men-days-of-future-past-poster-hugh-jackman-1If you’ve been paying attention to box office projections over the last few weeks, you know that X-Men: Days of Future Past was expected to challenge Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become 2014’s biggest opener with over $95 million.  After Thursday previews came in at $8.1 million, however, expectations were scaled back to $93 million for the three-day frame – behind last week’s Godzilla debut but ahead of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Instead, estimates put Days of Future Past under $91 million, or the fourth-highest debut of the year.  To be clear, that is an incredible number (especially when measured against recent entries in the X-Men series); still, fourth place is… fourth place.

Though it couldn’t overtake more recent releases, X-Men: Days of Future Past has secured the second-highest opening in the fifteen year history of the X-Men franchise. After suffering two of its lowest-performing entries in recent years (The Wolverine and First Class), the return of the original X-cast (and director Bryan Singer) has allowed the seventh feature to return the X-Men series to its former glory.

In terms of opening weekends for the franchise, Days of Future Past is second only to 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.  The final film in the original trilogy was also released on Memorial Day weekend, and earned a giant $122.8 million over the four-day holiday frame.  That still ranks as the third-highest Memorial Day opening of all-time, despite the fact that fans do not hold The Last Stand in high esteem.  Even with eight years of ticket price inflation (including the advent of 3D locations) Days of Future Past could not overtake its 2006 predecessor.  Still, considering that today’s estimate improved on 2011’s First Class by more than 65%, I’d say that Fox is happy with the outcome.

Here’s a look at how the first six films in the series performed, not adjusted for inflation.

Year Title Opening Total
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand $102.7 $234.3
2003 X2: X-Men United $85.5 $214.9
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine $85 $179.8
2000 X-Men $54.4 $157.3
2011 X-Men: First Class $55 $146.4
2013 The Wolverine $53.1 $132.5

 

Though it may not hit the four-day total of $110 million that Fox projected, Days of Future Past should still claim its spot in the top five Memorial Day openings of all time (besting the $103 million of 2011’s The Hangover Part II).  And, even if the chance to overtake The Last Stand’s opening record has vanished, the sequel could still beat that film’s domestic and worldwide totals.  So far, Days of Future Past is a hit with both general audiences, who gave the film an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and critics (91% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes).  The film brought in over $171 million from international theatres this weekend, which puts its global cume over $261 million after only three days. With a good hold against Maleficent next weekend (First Class declined by 56% in its sophomore frame), the sequel should be able to surpass The Last Stand to become the most successful X-Men feature to date.

blended-posterAfter its monster debut last weekend, a good hold was not in the cards for Godzilla.  The disaster pic was down an estimated 66% in its sophomore frame, a drop that far exceeds the -59% of the notorious 1998 version. On the plus side, the most recent Godzilla started off with a much bigger opening frame than its forbear and its drop, though steep, was not unexpected.  In 2008, Cloverfield was down 68% on its second weekend in theatres.

It may be hard to tell from the top ten chart, but there were actually two new releases this Memorial Day weekend.  The counter-programming option came in the form of Blended, a romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.  For a time, it looked like Blended would not even make it to third place with its debut, but it seems enough people were interested in seeing the stars of The Wedding Singer reunite to allow the film to edge out Neighbors, which passed the $100 million mark in its third weekend of wide release.  Based on Sandler’s box office record, Blended was expected to earn at least $20 million in its first three days (even Jack and Jill managed to hit $25 million back in 2011). Instead, the comedy (currently ranked at 15% on Rotten Tomatoes) came closer to Sandler’s That’s My Boy, which opened with just $13.4 million back in June of 2012.

Overall, this Memorial Day weekend was down by almost 28% over 2013, when Fast & Furious 6 led with $97 million.  2014 will have a good chance to reverse that trend next weekend, however, courtesy of Maleficent and A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The Disney feature is expected to open in first place with around $60 million, but predicting where the Seth MacFarlane feature will wind up is a little trickier.  Given the fate of most Westerns,  a debut of $25 million seems about right; then again, no one expected Ted to open above $30 million in 2012 and it came close to doubling that.  Let us know where you think A Million Ways to Die in the West will wind up in the comments section.

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  • MCP

    Eh,.. what can ya do. It didn’t break the bank, but def. looks like it’s a great movie. Will be watching it tomorrow! Apocalypse is coming!!

    • Sterling Archer

      Do you want Spoilers? Because saying you haven’t seen something yet in a comments section on the internet is how you get Spoilers.

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      • Doug_101

        Well done.

  • Royale With Cheese

    Wow, that isn’t good at all. That’s less than what Godzilla made. I have to think that Godzilla being the success that it is definitely drew a chunk of there prospective revenue.

    • Aquartertoseven

      It will roar ahead with the massive Monday gross. And not drop off to a huge degree like Zilla.

    • Basil Nolan

      Godzilla tanked hard in its second weekend.

    • Basil Nolan

      Godzilla tanked hard in its second weekend.

      • DEADP00L

        No it didn’t. It ‘tanked’ just as much as Captain America did in the same span of time. And Cap didn’t have that much competition at all. It was already sequel of an already well established character and it was highly anticipated. While Godzilla was literally untested since 1998.

        Your discription of tanked is beyond illogical it’s still pumping in the international market and has exceeded it’s own projections. Its opening was just on domestic numbers alone – meaning it’s doing quite well considering it’s competition.

      • Guy Smiley

        Actually, no. Cap 2 only fell a very respectable 51.3% in its second weekend, after an opening with about $300,000 more than Godzilla did:

        http://boxofficemojo.com/weekly/chart/?yr=2014&wk=15&p=.htm

        More competition now than in April, sure, but Godzilla’s not going to have the legs Cap had at all.

      • Guy Smiley

        Wait… My mistake. I was looking at WEEKLY numbers, not WEEKEND numbers. Sorry. OK, in its second weekend Cap 2 fell 56.6%. Still, that’s pretty respectable, and far less a drop than Godzilla.

        Also, going off of weekend numbers only Cap did about $2 million more its first weekend than Godzilla:

        http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2014&wknd=15&p=.htm

      • DEADP00L

        Well again that;s because Cap was already a well known and established character and his movie was a sequel that was very anticipated. Putting those factors in and knowing that Godzilla was untested and unknown since 1998 puts Godzilla in a very good position of success. It took Cap three movies to get to this level while Godzilla only needed one. But as you said Cap did better but that’s only because he was literally the starter of blockbuster season. He had nothing going up against him for weeks. While Godzilla has a total of four movies to take on in just two weeks. So yes the drop would be significant but Caps drop would have been virtually the same if not worse than it was had his slot been Godzillas and Godzillas had been Caps opening slot.

    • Scullibundo

      You’re forgetting that this isn’t including the Monday take of the long weekend. This will also have much better legs than Godzilla due to word of mouth. Godzilla suffered a STEEP drop – the worst in memory for a second weekend being the Memorial Day Weekend.

      • MJ

        Godzilla dropped just as much as Captain America did in the same span of time

        I am not hearing good worth of mouth on this move. I actually heard better word of mouth for Godzilla.

        I expect this movie to tank big time by next weekend.

      • Guy Smiley

        See my post above. Cap 2 only fell 51.3% in its second weekend. Godzilla won’t match Cap.

        I haven’t seen Godzilla myself, but as for word of mouth, I’ve heard nothing good about Godzilla. Of the people I know who saw it, they all pretty much complained that there wasn’t enough actual monsters brawling in it, and that the writing was terrible. Also, another complained that

        **SPOILERS**

        Bryan Cranston’s character dies in the first 30 minutes or so.

        Anyhow, while Rotten Tomatoes is hardly a perfect barometer of a film’s quality, the 91% for X-Men compared to Godzilla’s 73% would seem to give X-Men a clear edge there. I haven’t seen X-Men yet (going today), but I’ve talked to two other people who loved it, and both called it their favorite of the series thus far.

        I think X-Men will hold up well though. The Monday holiday numbers will help, as people like myself may have put it off until today, and this week’s big opening is Malificent. That movie’s probably not going to have the same male, adult appeal as X-Men, so I expect DOFP to hold up fairly well next weekend. It’ll finish second for sure, but not too bad of a drop.

        With good reviews, it should do alright for itself, even if the opening was a bit softer than expected (though hardly “tanking”). X-Men will certainly rebound nicely from backlash towards X3, the first Wolverine solo movie, and softer numbers First Class pulled.

      • MJ

        Well, out of seven people I personally know who saw this latest X-men, 1 liked it, two said it was OK, and 4 said it was a complete mess and stunk. Contrast this with I’d say about 75% of my friends having really liked Godzilla.

        I would encourage you to revisit this posting next weekend, when the DOFP box office numbers are in — then we will see with certainly who is right.

      • MJ

        ATTN: GUY AND MILO

        DOFP FRIDAY BOX OFFICE RESULTS FROM LAST NIGHT — ONLY $9M — A 73% DROP. THE SAME DROP AS GODZILLA LAST WEEKEND.

        JUST AS I PREDICTED !!!

        See my new post in the most recent Collider box office results article at:

        http://collider.com/friday-box-office-maleficent-casts-a-spell-a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-west-misfires/

        I tried to tell you guys…

      • Guy Smiley

        As I posted above, I was looking at the wrong numbers earlier on Box Office Mojo (Weekly, instead of WEEKEND). So Cap 2 fell about 56% in its second weekend, but that’s still much less a drop than Godzilla’s 66%. My apologies for the confusion.

      • Royale With Cheese

        Yeah, but Godzilla dropped because X-Men DOFP came out. The fact that it made 30 million in it’s second weekend domestically is still impressive when you consider that another movie accounted for over a 100 million dollars.

  • TigerFIST

    I WANT EDGAR WRIGHT TO STILL DIRECT ANT-MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TigerFIST

    Hey Nicole what would the Amazing Spiderman 2 have to make worldwide for Sony to be profitable? With marketing I know the budget was well over 400 million. Each sequel is making less than the previous one. That’s why I asked. Thanks for all your hard work!

  • XS

    Who cares: Internation numbers are coming in, and it has a stellar 170 million in it’s first 3 days alone! That’s a 260 million for the opening weekend. On a budget of 200 million, add another 100 million promotion costs and it will break even by the end of next week. A total north of 600 million is in.
    Great ratings and favorable reviews will add to it. Plus, for another 3 weeks there is no direct competiton. Next week will fall flat, and not everyone’s into Tom Cruise these days.

  • Basil Nolan

    And Frozen has passed Iron Man 3 to become 5th worldwide highest grossing movie. Wait.. what?
    Edit: TEHEHE! Those Jappys!!!

  • Neven

    It also made $171,080,000 internationally, which brings it to $261,780,000 worldwide. Nice numbers if you ask me.

    • MJ

      It had a huge $200M production budget, which means it is going to need to gross about $450M worldwide to reach the break-even point.

      Perhaps that is why no one should ask you?

      • Neven

        Dude, I’m not stupid. But these are just opening weekend results, there is plenty more to come.

      • Guy Smiley

        Why do you have such a hard-on to see this movie fail?

        I’ll be seeing it today, so I’ll make up my mind then, but I’m hoping it’s good.

        At the very least, X-Men has made a comeback from the softer numbers First Class did (which probably suffered from the X3 and Origins-Wolverine backlash, leading to uncertainty about the quasi-reboot).

        The competition in the weeks ahead isn’t all that bad, so even though X-Men will certainly fall to second place next weekend, it’s going to hold up well enough. The international opening was “phenomenal” according to Box Office Mojo, and they expect to surpass The Wolverine as the top X-Men/X-related film of all time (globally) by just next weekend.

        Domestically, Mojo’s expecting to do between $225-250 million by the time its done. Obviously, the international numbers will be even bigger. Once you figure in DVD/Blu-Ray, ancillary merchandising, etc., this movie will do just fine.

        The X-Men films have definitely had their ups and downs, but they really wouldn’t keep making these if they were all losing money.

      • MJ

        There is absolutely NO WAY this movie is going to make $250M domestic. It might crawl to $200M domestic, but I have doubts over that even. I would say $195M would be about the best case scenario, but sure, this estimate of mine could be off by perhaps $5M to $10M.

        Come back next weekend after the box office receipts are in, and let’s see if you are singing the same tune then. I bet in only makes $30M next weekend, and then drops like a stone to $15M the following week when the surprisingly greatly reviewed Edge of Tomorrow will dominate.

      • milo

        I don’t see why it’s such a stretch to see it making it past 200M fairly easily. Cap had good reviews and cinemascore and is past 250M, Spidey had weak reviews and cinemascore and is struggling to 200M. Xmen has the best reviews of any blockbuster so far this year and solid cinemascore, it doesn’t have as easy a schedule as Cap did but it has the boost of that holiday monday. We’ll see the drop next week (against Maleficient?) as well as weekdays but I’d be shocked if it didn’t make 220M without much trouble. And starting at 300M first weekend, there’s no way it doesn’t make the 450M worldwide it needs to make a profit, probably more like 650-700 or higher.

        30M next weekend is insanely low, that’s a 66% drop. Godzilla dropped that much this weekend but that was against a movie making 90M, it’s not like Maleficent is going to make anything close to that, or DOFP drop that much on its own.

      • MJ

        ATTN: GUY AND MILO

        DOFP FRIDAY BOX OFFICE RESULTS FROM LAST NIGHT — ONLY $9M — A 73% DROP. THE SAME DROP AS GODZILLA LAST WEEKEND.

        JUST AS I PREDICTED !!!

        See my new post in the most recent Collider box office results article at:

        http://collider.com/friday-box-office-maleficent-casts-a-spell-a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-west-misfires/

        I tried to tell you guys….

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        You’re trying awfully hard to make good (but not great) numbers sound really bad.

  • DEADP00L

    Not as good as I had hoped and I think it had a lot to do with Singer’s behavior. I’m mortified I wanted this one to at least do better than X2 which had no iMAX or 3D ticket sales. But it just isn’t without IMAX and 3D to push it. I really wish people would take those two factors into consideration when comparing success numbers – these aren’t good numbers. These numbers just mean that without iMAX or 3D this movie would flop and it was the same for Amazing Spiderman 2 which bombed even with those ticket sales.

    And you have to compare them to the old X movies because as those that liked it have pointed out – it’s not a reboot but a continuation. Making these numbers worse.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    After First Class and Wolverine’s numbers, I wasn’t expecting DOFP to be too huge. This needed to be rebound numbers, not record breakers. It’s how well it holds is what really matters.

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  • MJ

    X-Men Days of Future Past — trying unsuccessfully to get at least somewhat close to box office results of days many years in the past…LOL

  • MJ

    X-Men Days of Future Past — trying unsuccessfully to get at least somewhat close to box office results of days many years in the past…LOL

    • Guy Smiley

      Whatever. I think you’re overstating this “failure” you seem so determined to declare it. This article puts into a proper perspective. The movie may actually end up being the biggest of the series (albeit overall fewer tickets sold than some of the earlier entries).:

      http://boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3848&p=.htm

      As the fifth X-Men film proper (seventh overall, counting the two Wolverine movies) — not to mention how much more crowded the marketplace is now for comic book movies — it’s pretty amazing that the franchise continues to be as strong as it is. Especially given how far this series sank for awhile.

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