BOX OFFICE: X-MEN: DOFP Opens Big! Could Beat WINTER SOLDIER's 3-Day Total

The biggest opening of 2014 belongs to Captain America: The Winter Soldier with $95 million, but based on thursday and friday numbers 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past will top Marvel Studios latest offering. Come check it out.

Deadline reports: Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past pulled in $36M on Friday at the North American box office. Add in $8.1M from Thursday night and the film is now on pace for "$97M+ 3-day gross." As long as the film doesn't drop more than 10% on Saturday and Sunday X-Men: DOFP will eclipse the 2014 3-day record Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier set with $95M. For comparison: Legendary/WB's Godzilla had the second best 2014 3-day opening with $93M and Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently third with $91M. Factoring in Monday, which is Memorial Day, X-Men: Days of Future Past is on pace for "a $117M to $120M 4-day gross." If that holds up, the film would "end up in the top five highest-grossing films ever during the Memorial Day weekend." Current Memorial Day Weekend Top 5: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007, $139.8 million), Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008, $126.9 million), X-Men: Last Stand (2006, $122.8 million), Fast & Furious 6 (2013, $117 million) and The Hangover 2 (2011, $103.4 million).

Word-of-mouth should give the new X-Men film legs for the coming weeks as audiences have bestowed it with a strong 'A' CinemaScore. By the way, what's making these numbers so remarkable is that X-Men: DOFP didn't have the benefit of IMAX screenings as Godzilla is occupying at the moment. Don't feel too bad as the film "is showing on 352 large format screens provided by other exhibitors."

Meanwhile, in its second weekend, Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla is expected to drop over 60% … maybe 63% … that hurts. However, the monster will have made about $160M domestically in two weeks time compared to Sony/Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which will have made around $187M in four weeks.

Sony has to be mighty worried about the domestic box office trend of their Spider-Man films - each film has underperformed the last. Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man kicked things off with  $403M domestically, Spider-Man 2 did $373.5M, Spider-Man 3 did $336.5M and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $262M.



1). X-Men: Days of Future Past (FOX), 3,996 theaters / $36M Fri.
3-day cume: $95M to $97.5M / 4-day cume: $115M / Wk 1

2). Godzilla (WB), 3,952 theaters (0) / $8.8M to $9M Fri.
3-day cume: $32M (-63%) / 4-day cume: $41M / Total cume: $158M to $160M / Wk 2

3). Blended (WB), 3,555 theaters / $4.3M Fri.
3-day cume: $13M+ / 4-day cume: $16.5M to $18M / Wk 1

4). Neighbors (UNI), 3,266 theaters (-45%) / $4M+ Fri.
3-day cume: $13M (-50%) / 4-day cume: $15.8M / Total cume: 116M / Wk 3

5). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) 3,160 theaters (-831) / $2M Fri.
3-day cume: $8M to $9M (-50%) / 4-day cume: $10.5M / Total cume: $186.7M+ / Wk 4

6). Million Dollar Arm (DIS), 3,019 theaters (0) / $2M Fri.
3-day cume: $7.7M to $8.2M (-26%) / 4-day cume: $9.5M to $9.7M / Total cume: $23M / Wk 2

7). The Other Woman (FOX), 2,154 theaters (-900) / $1.1M Fri.
3-day cume: $3.5M to $4M (-44%) / 4-day cume: $4.5M / Total cume: $78.5M / Wk 5

8). Rio 2 (FOX), 1,701 theaters (-670) / $537K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.4M (-35%) / 4-day cume: $3.2M / Total cume: $122.3M / Wk 7

9). Heaven Is For Real (SONY), 1,720 theaters (-1,173) / $575K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.2M (-50%) / 4-day cume: $2.7M / Total cume: $86.5M / Wk 6

10). Chef (OPRD), 498 theaters (+426) / $550K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.1M (+200%) / 4-day cume: $2.7M / Total cume: $4M / Wk 3
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects"). The cast includes: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Jonigkeit, Adan Canto and Josh Helman, X-Men: Days Of Future Past hits UK cinemas on May 22 and US cinemas the following day.
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