Mutants mounted an attack and X-Men: Days of Future Past took over the box office lead from Godzilla, b****-slapping the beast back under the waves from whence it came, taking in a domestic gross of $91 million at the box office so far this holiday weekend. Also, Frozen (Disney) fought its way to become the fifth highest money-making movie in history, its global gross box office earnings hitting $1.219 billion.
Godzilla rampaged through its competition last weekend, taking in over $92 million, but it couldn’t maintain the box office #1 spot this weekend. Professor Xavier’s X-Man proved to be too powerful of a box office force for Godzilla to defeat. It dropped into second place, earning $31,4 million its second weekend out.
If X-Men: Days of Future Past meets box office expectations, it could rake in as much as $110 million over the long holiday weekend. That would make it the fifth highest grossing Memorial Day weekend movie ever. The highest Memorial Day weekend grossing flick ever was in 2007, when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End took in a whopping $140 million.
Internationally, X-Men: Days of Future Past has taken in $171.1 million over the Memorial Day weekend, while Godzilla earned $35 million.
After X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla, how did the other flicks fare?
While X-Men: Days of Future Past took over from Godzilla as the #1 highest domestically grossing movie, and Godzilla dropped a spot to #2, where did the other top 10 box office earners place in the rankings? There were some other decent movies that people checked out over the Memorial Day weekend, though the flicks didn’t fare quite as well at the box office as did the top two movies.
The romantic comedy vehicle for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Blended, came in at the #3 spot this weekend, taking in $14.2 million domestically, and a rather disappointing $2.1 million internationally. Blended is the third movie that Sandler and Barrymore have starred in together, the other two being The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
Is Adam Sandler over, as a meme states? While Blended is not doing very well at the box office, just last summer, Grown Ups 2 earned $247 million worldwide, so it’s perhaps a bit too early to say that Adam Sandler has lost his box office popularity. It could just be that the competition this Memorial Day weekend is so fierce, even taking in $14 million against powerhouses like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla is doing pretty good.
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s raunchy comedy, Neighbors, took fourth place honors, raking in $14 million at the box office. It’s about a fraternity that is built next door to a married couple’s house, and how they deal with their new neighbors. It earned $8.2 million internationally.
Coming in fifth place, though at least one site has it in third place, is The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Andrew Garfield stars as the web-slinger, Spider-Man. It either earned $8 million or $11.2 million, depending on who you believe has the most accurate figures. As it took in, according to the former site, TIME.com, $11.2 million internationally, it’s probably a good guess that the other site said that was its take domestically, hence the difference in the box office rankings.
In sixth place was the baseball-related human interest movie Million Dollar Arm. Madman‘s Jon Hamm plays a baseball talent scout in the movie, which is set, in part, in India. It earned slightly over $7 million domestically, coming in at $7.1 million.
The seventh place spot went to The Other Woman, according to TIME.com. Starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton, the movie earned $4 million domestically and $3.6 million internationally.
Rounding out the Top 10 was the animated flick, Rio 2, taking in $3 million domestically and $5 million internationally; Jon Favreau’s Chef, earning $2.2 million domestically and just $425,000 globally; and the movie Heaven is for Real, earning $2 million domestically.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, which took over the #1 box office spot, defeating Godzilla, includes the stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Ian McKellen as Magneto (Michael Fassbender is a younger Magneto), Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Halle Berry as Storm, as well as many others. The X-Man franchise started way back in 2000, two years before the first Spider-Man movie.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is the fourth movie so far this year to gross over $90 million its opening weekend, which ties a record. At least one other movie — possibly The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, due out in November — is likely to hit this mark its debut weekend, and it could be as many as three others will earn this astronomical figure. Besides X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla, the other two movies that have earned $90+ million are Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Written by: Douglas Cobb