'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Arrives with Strong $90.7M; 'Blended' Stumbles with $14.25M

on May 25, 2014 by Daniel Garris
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Current 4-Day Estimates:

X-Men: Days of Future Past -- $110.0M *
Godzilla -- $39.5M **
Blended -- $17.9M **
Neighbors -- $17.3M *
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 -- $10.0M *
Million Dollar Arm -- $8.87M *
The Other Woman -- $4.60M *
Rio 2 -- $3.40M *
Chef -- $2.90M *
Heaven is for Real -- $2.55M *
Belle -- $2.18M *
Captain America 2 -- $2.12M *

* indicates an official studio estimate
** indicates an estimate by BoxOffice.com

Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past debuted in first place this weekend with a strong estimated $90.70 million take over the three-day frame. The highly anticipated and pricey 3D comic book sequel debuted towards the lower end of its massive pre-release expectations and successfully brought the X-Men franchise back into the box office spotlight with its debut. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Days of Future Past delivered the fifth largest three-day Memorial Day weekend take of all-time (behind only 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and last year's Fast & Furious 6). Fox's current estimate for the four-day frame is $110.0 million.

X-Men: Days of Future Past registered the fourth largest debut of 2013 thus far. It should be noted that unlike each of the three films in front of it (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Days of Future Past didn't have the advantage of receiving a boost from higher priced IMAX admissions. Compared to previous X-Men films, Days of Future Past opened a very impressive 65 percent stronger than the $55.10 million debut of 2011's X-Men: First Class and 12 percent below the $102.75 million debut of X-Men: The Last Stand (though it should be noted that neither of those films had the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions).

X-Men: Days of Future Past opened with $36.0 million on Friday (which included an estimated $8.1 million from Thursday night grosses), fell 18 percent on Saturday to take in an estimated $29.58 million and is estimated to decline 15 percent on Sunday to take in an estimated $25.13 million. That places the film's estimated three-day weekend to Friday ratio at 2.52 to 1. X-Men: Days of Future Past received a strong A rating on CinemaScore and will hope to hold up better than previous X-Men films going forward thanks in part to the early positive audience reaction and its very strong critical reviews.

After exceeding expectations last weekend, Warner's Godzilla came back down to earth a bit this weekend with an estimated second place take of $31.43 million. The 3D sci-fi action remake was down a sizable 66 percent from last weekend. Clearly, audience overlap between Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past helped boost initial demand for Godzilla last weekend. This weekend's hold also suggests that Godzilla hasn't gone over quite as well with audiences as was initially believed last weekend. With that said, Godzilla has still grossed a strong $148.77 million through ten days of release. That places the film 3 percent behind the $153.42 million ten-day take of 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. BoxOffice is currently projecting a $39.5 million four-day weekend for Godzilla.

Warner Bros. had far less impressive results with Blended, as the comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore opened in third place with an estimated $14.25 million over the three-day frame. Blended opened below pre-release expectations, which had already been scaled back for a film starring Sandler. Audiences weren't in the mood for another pairing of Sandler and Barrymore and the film's very poor critical reviews didn't help matters either. Compared to recent Sandler films, the debut for Blended was much closer to the $13.45 million start of 2012's That's My Boy than it was to the $25.00 million debut of 2011's Jack and Jill. BoxOffice is currently projecting a $17.9 million four-day weekend for Blended.

Blended opened with $4.41 million on Friday, increased 18 percent on Saturday to take in $5.18 million and is estimated to fall 10 percent on Sunday to gross $4.66 million. That places the film's estimated three-day weekend to Friday ratio at 3.23 to 1. It should be noted that with an A- CinemaScore, Blended appears to be going over better with audiences than it has with critics. But after such a soft debut and with Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West arriving this coming Friday, word of mouth likely won't help Blended out much regardless.

Fellow comedy Neighbors placed in fourth over the three-day frame with an estimated $13.9 million. The modestly budgeted Universal release starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne continued to display signs of front-loading, as it was down 45 percent from last weekend. While Neighbors has been front-loaded thus far, the film has already grossed a very impressive $113.58 million through 17 days of release (especially with its price tag in mind). Universal's current estimate for the four-day frame is $17.3 million.

Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated three-day take of $7.8 million. The expensive 3D superhero sequel was down a significant 54 percent from last weekend, as it clearly took a direct hit from the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has grossed $184.90 million in 24 days, as it continues to be hampered by poor holding power. Sony's current estimate for the four-day frame is $10.0 million.

In its second weekend, Disney's Million Dollar Arm placed in sixth with an estimated three-day take of $7.09 million. The modestly budgeted baseball drama held up well this weekend, as it was down 33 percent from last weekend. Million Dollar Arm has grossed $20.63 million in ten days, which is on the lower end of pre-release expectations. Disney's current estimate for the four-day frame is $8.87 million.

Tags: Million Dollar Arm, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Neighbors, Blended, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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