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article image'X-Men: Days of Future Past' takes over Memorial Day

By Tim O'Brien     May 25, 2014 in Entertainment
UPDATE: A Memorial Day holiday means more box office talk as Monday dawns. It looks like "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will dominate the long holiday as both the three-day and four-day totals are tabulated.
"X-Men" took over in fine fashion from last week's winner, "Godzilla," but did not beat that film's three-day total (see below). "X-Men" took in $111 million over the long four-day weekend. Meanwhile, "Godzilla" is comfortable in second with a four-day total of $39.4 million. The other wide release, "Blended" made $18.2 million over that same period.
Even the updated numbers for the three-day total of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" did not beat the openings for both "Captain American" and "Godzilla." Still, it was big. Those adjusted numbers for the three-day are now $91.4 million. It is the second best X'Men" opening behind "The Last Stand" at $102.7 million.
EARLIER: "X-Men: Days of Future Past" rolled past "Godzilla" but it wasn't in record fashion or surrounded by the buzz the beast generated during its win. At least that was the feel as the weekend progressed.
The latest "X-Men" adventure took in an estimated $90.7 million, under the three-day weekend total of both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Godzilla," but still a huge opening for the time-traveling film. "Captain" opened with $95 million while "Godzilla" took in $93 million.
Now, "X-Men" has the benefit of a holiday Monday and that could boost its four-day total substantially.
Oh, and with Sunday being part of that holiday weekend, as Monday means no work for many, the estimates could track higher. Stay tuned.
Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique/Raven) is back in the 1970s again, after "American Hustle." She drives "X-Men" and turns it into more box office gold. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is prominently featured, but really takes a back seat to Lawrence, Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr/Magnet), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier/Professor) and Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask). They are all in command when on screen.
UPDATED 5.26.14 - Weekend
1. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" - three-day, $91.4 million; four-day, $111 million
2. "Godzilla" - three-day, $31.4 million; four-day, $39.4 million
3. "Blended" - three-day, $14.2 million; four-day, $18.2 million
4. "Neighbors" - three-day, $13.9 million; four-day, $17.2 million
5. ""The Amazing Spider-Man 2" - three-day, $7.8 million; four-day, $10 million
But, is there an underbelly of superhero fatigue out there? One would think the latest "X-Men" could, or should have easily out-paced "Godzilla" and really fought "Captain America" as the biggest opener of the year so far. While audiences and critics like it, the buzz was not that of "Godzilla." Not only before the film, but after it opened Thursday.
One thing "Godzilla" had that "X-Men" did not was the older crowd. Fans of the beast movies of the past pushed it a bit higher than "X-Men," no doubt.
Meanwhile, as noted in the last report, "Godzilla" would take a hit and it did. After a huge opening, that is expected, but by how much was in question. It was a roughly 67 percent drop. The word-of-mouth that got them there the first weekend may have kept them away the second weekend.
"Blended" may have performed a bit soft to some, but a lame comedy that did around $14.2 million was good, if that makes any sense. It shouldn't have made that much, but the team of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore seems to click with the crowd. Still, though, it was bad. Tried to find a silver lining, but there isn't one.
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