Box Office: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Bows to Strong $8.1 Mil in Late Night Shows


X-Men: Days of Future Past” got a jump on Memorial Day weekend, grossing a terrific $8.1 million in late night shows on Thursday, according to studio estimates. It marks the highest late night debut in the series’ 14-year history.

The fifth film in 20th Century Fox’s mutant franchise is on track to rack up north of $100 million over the four-day holiday. It will open in just shy of 4,000 locations, more than 350 of which are large screen formats (but not Imax theaters, which will screen “Godzilla”).

Screenings on Thursday began at 10 p.m. in 2,900 theaters.

By way of contrast, “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the highest-grossing film in franchise history, racked up $5.9 million in midnight screenings in 2006, en route to a $122 million Memorial Day opening. “X-Men: First Class,” the most recent film in the series, grossed an estimated $3.4 million in midnight runs at the domestic box office in 2011, while spinoff “The Wolverine” enjoyed a $4 million late night bow last summer.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” unites several generations of mutants in a story that finds the heroes bending space and time to face off against an existential threat. It returns Hugh Jackman to the “X-Men” family after two solo outings and benefits from the higher profile of co-star Jennifer Lawrence following her Oscar win and leading role in “The Hunger Games” films. Reviews have been strong and the picture currently holds a 92% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Internationally, the film will debut day-and-date in more than 100 territories, which should result in a massive global haul.

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  1. Last Minute Comedy says:

    The Movie that inspired X-Men: Days of Future Past.

  2. onmedea says:

    The great drunk and high Finnish film critic Kimmo Mustonenen has written another masterpiece on “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

  3. LOL says:

    America loves superheroes, zombies, Jesus Christ, firearms, obesity, low taxes, and crap.

    Stay at home this weekend and read a book while eating healthy salad. It’ll boost your credibility with the rest of us, no end.

    • RSRS says:

      American movies also trump the rest of the world’s box office every year when you combine earnings of movies from country of origin in international markets. Guess you’re down on your own credibility list.

    • Wolfgang Noble says:

      Sorry, but anybody with the name “LOL” has an opinion I just can’t take serously

    • Rich says:

      I was going to go see this movie but after reading your post I have changed my mind. Because boosting my credibility with the “rest of you” is soo important to me. lol

  4. Eric Harvey says:

    Uh, this is the seventh film in the franchise. Not the fifth as said in the 2nd paragraph.

    • Bob says:

      Seventh film in the universe, but if you don’t count Wolverine solo outings, this is the fifth X-Men movie.

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