Box Office: Fox’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Powers Up With $111 Mil Domestic Start

X-Men: Days of Future Past Summer

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.

SEE ALSO: Members of Original Cast to Appear in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

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.

SEE ALSO: ‘X-Men’ Writer Simon Kinberg on How He Merged the Old with the New

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.

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  1. kumar.G says:

    X man movie is the one of the best entertainment movie.

  2. Lars Ole says:

    Heisann! Dette var et bra innlegg! Du er virkelig dyktig til å skrive!

  3. sam says:

    um I thought that the article just said that this movie just made 300 million globally in 4 days. Godzilla just made that in two weeks.That sounds like a successful weekend to me

    • Investor says:

      Gross profit is meaningless. Net profit is the number that really matters. Godzilla’s production budget was $160 million so it will reach profitability at a much smaller box office than X-Men DOFP.

  4. Here’s my review of this awesome movie.

  5. Investor says:

    At $300 million X-Men is still at least $200 million away from breaking even let alone a profit. Very disappointing numbers, this is going to need a long stay in theaters to return any meaningful profit. Nothing stellar about it, the net profit for this film will be terrible.

    • LoneCenturion says:

      Am I missing something here, because the movie has been open for literally 4 days. Of course its not going to break even based on a single weekend, how much did you expect to come from that short a time period?

      There is still plenty of time for the film to make a profit.

      • Investor says:

        Actually 4 days gives a very good indication of how well the film will do.

        First, the core X-Men movies are Fox’s equivalent of Marvel’s Avengers movies. The Avengers opening 3-day weekend was $207 Million. X-Men DOFP’s 3-day is about $91 Million. No one expected Avengers levels but less than half is a major disappointment.

        Second, X-Men DOFP was projected to have a domestic 3-day weekend of $100 million and a 4-Day of $125 million. At $91/$111 its has fallen short of its own projections.

        Third, X-Men DOFP’s budget is estimated to range anywhere between $200 -275 Million but most estimates seem to put it in the $250 million range. Market expenses are said to be in the $100 million range. The movie would break even at $600 million and the low-end $750 million the high end and $700 million on the popular estimates.

        With that in mind, lets look at how that compares to the highest grossing film of the X-Men franchise.

        X-Men 3 opened with a $102 million dollar weekend and had a worldwide gross of only $460 million. DOFP is currently tracking behind X-Men 3 and if it does similar numbers it would be a net loss of $140-290 million dollars.

    • FilmWatcher says:

      Guess you’ve never heard of DVD and VOD. These companies know exactly what they’re doing my friend: these franchise film openings are a response to the reaction to the previous installment. X3 was disliked, so First Class had a relatively modest opening; First Class was very much liked, so this has had a huge opening; Apocalypse’ opening will be gargantuan. And so on.

      • Investor says:

        If a studio needs to rely on DVD and VOD to determine the success of a film, then it has a fatally flawed business plan. A movie movie needs to make its biggest profits at its own box office. Everything else is supposed to be supplemental profit.

        Like I said in yesterday’s article, these returns are actually pretty disappointing. Once you factor in production budget, marketing budget, the theater share, international tariffs and taxes and the Marvel licensing fee, there’s not a lot of profit left for Fox to take in. In addition, Fox makes absolutely nothing when it comes to secondary licensing, those rights are completely controlled by Marvel. Contrast that with Disney who, since they own Marvel, pay no licensing rights and have complete control of secondary licensing to add to their bottom line

  6. Dmk says:

    Does Sony still think Spidey 2 will crack $1 billion?

    • Rohan Vora says:

      There are very bleak chances of Spidey crossing $1 Billlion Mark given the competition its facing at both Domestic and Overseas markets as well. In my opinion the maximum it rakes is $800 Million.

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