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article image'X-Men: Days of Future Past' primed for a huge opening

By Tim O'Brien     May 22, 2014 in Entertainment
UPDATE: "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is making waves this Memorial weekend, which is putting it on par with the other blockbusters this year. It pulled in $36 million on Friday alone.
That did not beat the best Friday opening numbers of the year as that would be "Godzilla" with $38.1 million.
The range now looks to be at $90-95 million, on par with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Godzilla" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." A curve ball will be thrown in because after Monday is added, it surely will top $100 million and some will tout it as the first $100 million opener of the year. Not so fast.
UPDATE: "X-Men: Days of Future Past" soared to a solid $8.1 million on the heels of those early showings Thursdays. The weekend numbers will be all over the map since it is a holiday (see below).
EARLIER: "Godzilla" is still roaring but "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens and will beat the beast as blockbusters continue to storm the box office.
"Godzilla" will take a huge hit this weekend after beating expectations, but that was last weekend. Word-of-mouth and the popularity of the film will continue, but it is normal for a movie that wins by such a wide margin to take a big dip in its second weekend. However, it will still finish in second, behind "X-Men."
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" takes the heroes back in time. On that note, one of the usual plot lines for those is that one can change what happens in the past in order to change the future. Perhaps changing it for survival is different. The cast is loaded with talent and includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman. It is a sure bet and sometimes just having fun watching a movie is enough.
Weekend
1. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" - 3,996 theaters
2. "Blended" - 3,555 theaters
3. "Words and Pictures" - 10 theaters
4. "Cold in July" - 6 theaters
"Blended," on the other hand, is more of the same from Adam Sandler. That doesn't seem to matter here. Even during his interview with Jimmy Kimmel recently (5/21/14), he noted how he now makes films that can take him on an adventure. Here, that would be Africa. Sandler reunites with Drew Barrymore, and at times, seems to take the audience for granted.
"Dexter's" Michael C. Hall stars in a small crime film titled "Cold in July." Here is the small roll-out tracker for the weekend, along with "Words and Pictures." "Cold in July" takes its star from hero to living in fear, after he shoots a burglar.
"Words and Pictures" stars Juliette Binoche (also in "Godzilla") and Clive Owen. It takes art and social media into a film that blends words, and well, pictures. This is not "Blended," however, thankfully.
Now, a long Memorial weekend is upon the United States, which always makes for interesting tracking. But, it also brings about confusion. A three-day champ, a four-day winner, and all the rest gets into the mix.
Meanwhile, those that open Thursday can also add to that confusion. This report will track it all, so check back often. "X-Men" could hit $100 million for the weekend, but because there is that extra day, it is unfair to compare it to those recent blockbusters that tracked in the $90-95 million for the three-day (plus Thursday). Now, if "X-Men" is tracking that $100 million for the same period, then compare.
Just a head's up. Even though a Thursday number gets tracked, those actual totals get added to Friday. Now that can be confusing, so turn off the lights and watch a movie. Plus, one item that is always a sticking pint and needs to be hashed out more.
Although the money being made on movies is astounding and often record-breaking, the number of people watching them is declining.
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