Superhero sequel unable to save Memorial Day weekend slump
UPDATED: With the dust settled, Fox is estimating “X-Men: Days of Future Past” to have grossed $111 million domestically over the long Memorial Day weekend. The studio, meanwhile, revised the pic’s Friday-Sunday projection, up slightly to $91.4 million.
Globally through Monday, “X-Men” amassed $302 million, of which a whopping $171.1 million came from 119 overseas countries in three days, making it the largest international opening ever for Fox, surpassing 2009’s “Avatar” (at $164.5 million). Fox estimated “X-Men” grossed an additional $20 million overseas through today.
The largest bow overseas came from China, which contributed $37.7 million (Fox’s second-highest opening there behind “Titanic 3D”), followed by the U.K. and South Korea, with $14.2 million and $13.5 million, respectively.
“X-Men’s” domestic start is a powerful one, even though it falls short of the $123 million four-day Memorial Day weekend bow for “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2006.
This year, “Days of Future Past” suffered the unlucky timing of “Godzilla” entering the market just the week prior with its mammoth $93 million domestic opening. Both pics target a mostly fanboy crowd.
And while the entrance of “X-Men” certainly had an impact on the Warner Bros.-Legendary pic, falling 67% Friday-Sunday, “Godzilla” still pulled down considerable grosses in its second frame, estimating nearly $40 million in four days for a Stateside cume of $156.8 million and a global tally past the $300 million mark.
Overall, the long holiday weekend trailed last year at the box office by almost 28%.
Warner’s family comedy “Blended,” which reunites Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, provided little support as it tanked with just $18.2 million through Monday. The film’s been panned by critics, though it received a far more favorable ‘A-‘ CinemaScore from audiences this weekend. That should help it leg out, except for Disney’s “Maleficent” on deck for families.
Rounding out the top five are Universal’s R-rated crowd-pleaser “Neighbors,” which grossed a resived $17.2 million in four days, and Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” with $10 million domestically through Monday.
In three weeks, “Neighbors” has cumed nearly $117 million Stateside and $184 million globally; “Spider-Man,” meanwhile, approaches $680 million worldwide, of which more than $187 million comes from Stateside plexes.
On the specialty side, Open Road’s food comedy “Chef” cooked up solid grosses over the long holiday frame, with nearly $3 million for a domestic cume of $4.2 million through Monday. The distrib expanded the pic to almost 500 locations, up from 72.