Box Office: 'X-Men Days Of Future Past' Nabs $261M Worldwide Debut

May 25, 2014 3:35 PM

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X-Men: Days of Future Past has earned $90.7 million on its first weekend of release, with a projected Memorial Day four-day debut of $108m. That total that includes $8.1m worth of Thursday previews. That’s a lower opening than the 2006 debut of X-Men: The Last Stand, which earned $102m Fri-Sun and $124m Fri-Mon over its Memorial Day debut. Heck, adjusted for inflation, it’s a smaller Fri-Sun debut than X2: X-Men United ($85m back in 2003) about on par with X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85m in 2009) and X-Men ($54m in 2000, which would be about $80m today without any 3D bump). The question becomes exactly how 20th Century Fox Fox viewed this seventh X-Men picture. Was it merely intended to improve upon the box office fortunes of the last three installments, or was the “franchise all-stars to the rescue” super-sequel meant to shoot the 14-year old X-Men franchise to towering new box office heights? If it’s the former, then the picture will certainly be a success. But in terms of relative comparisons to the X-Men franchise as a whole, it’s coming up somewhat short. X-Men may no longer be a god among insects in America. I add that caveat because it also earned $171m overseas this weekend. So going into Monday, the film has already earned $261m worldwide.

The film’s $90 million weekend is the fourth biggest of the year, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95m), Godzilla ($93m) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91m). The good news is that the film played a little better than X-Men: The Last Stand over the long weekend. X-Men 3 opened with a $45m...

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