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411 Box Office Report: X-Men: Days of Future Past Powers Its Way to #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.25.2014

As expected, X-Men: Days of Future Past dominated the box office this weekend in its debut. The latest film in the Fox mutant franchise opened with a three-day total of $90.7 million domestically. That's enough to place it in the top five Memorial Day three-day weekend openings of all-time and makes it the second-best three-day opening number for the franchise, behind only X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. By comparison X-Men: First Class pulled in $55.1 million in its opening weekend while The Wolverine brought in $53.1 million. Future Past scored very positive reviews and had an exceptional A CinemaScore, meaning that while it will drop pretty strong next weekend by the very nature of its genre, it has a good shot at holding on well. The film added $171.1 million overseas for a total of $261.8 million worldwide for its first weekend. That overseas number is a great one; First Class brought $207.2 million overseas in the entirety of its run. The film's budget was $200 million. When you look at the four-day gross, the film is projected to finish in the $110 - $115 million range.

Godzilla took the expected tumble in its second weekend as X-Men took all of its audience. The kaiju film was down a spot to #2 with $31.4 million. That equates to a 67% drop, which is high but mitigated by its unexpectedly-large opening weekend and the four-day Memorial Day weekend (it should add a good amount on Monday). The film has now grossed $148.8 million domestically and $315.4 million worldwide from a $160 million budget, a number that Warner Bros. has to be happy with at this point.

Coming in rather soft at #3 was Blended, the latest Adam Sandler comedy. The film brought in just $14.2 million, well below the low twenties number that was expected by Warner Bros. Not even the re-pairing with Drew Barrymore could bring in the audience for this one; it continues Sandler's disappointing run at the box office as of late and matches up about with 2012's That's My Boy ($13.5 million). The good news for this one is that while the critics hated it, the audiences loved it enough to give it an A- CinemaScore. That should equate to good word of mouth as it continues to be counter-programming against current and upcoming blockbusters. The film added $2.1 million overseas for a $16.3 million worldwide opening weekend from a $40 million budget.

Neighbors was down two spots in its third weekend to #4 with $13.9 million. The R-rated comedy is a big hit for Universal, with a domestic total of $113.6 million and a worldwide total of $181 million. The budget was just $18 million.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also slipped two places, down to #5 in its fourth weekend with $7.8 million. The film has grossed $184.9 million domestically and $673.9 worldwide on a $200 budget.

Jon Hamm's baseball drama Million Dollar Arm held on pretty solidly, finishing down two to #6 in its second weekend. The film brought in $7.1 million, down just 33% to once again prove the legs of a baseball drama. The film has now grossed $20.6 million domestically and $21.1 million worldwide from a $25 million budget.

The Other Woman continued the two-rung sliding trend, finishing at #7 for the weekend with $3.7 million. The Cameron Diaz-led film has now grossed $77.8 million domestically and $157.1 million worldwide from a $40 million budget.

Rio 2 slipped a single spot to #8 in its sixth weekend. The animated family film brought in $2.5 million, bringing its total to $121.6 million stateside and $441.5 million worldwide off of a $103 million production budget.

Climbing six places as it expanded was Jon Favreau's Chef, in at #9. The culinary comedy, which stars Favreau as well, capitalized off its strong early buzz by jumping its theater count to 498 and reaping the rewards to the tune of $2.3 million, a per-theater average of 4,548. The film has totalled $3.5 million to date.

Heaven is for Real fell three spots, down to #10 in its seventh weekend with a $2 million tally. The faith-based drama has earned $85.8 million domestically and $88.2 million worldwide on a budget of just $12 million.

The weekend box office tally was $184.5 million, down 28% from last year's three-day Memorial Day weekend take of $254.7 million which was led by Fast & Furious 6's $97.3 million first weekend.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $90.7 million ($90.7 million total)
2. Godzilla - $31.4 million ($148.8 million total)
3. Blended - $14.2 million ($14.2 million total)
4. Neighbors - $13.9 million ($113.6 million total)
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $7.8 million ($184.9 million total)
6. Million Dollar Arm - $7.1 million ($20.6 million total)
7. The Other Woman - $3.7 million ($77.8 million total)
8. Rio 2 - $2.5 million ($121.6 million total)
9. Chef - $2.3 million ($3.5 million total)
10. Heaven is for Real - $2 million ($85.8 million total)


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