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Weekend Box Office Report: May 23-25, 2014

May. 25, 2014by:

X-Men marks the spot!

It's no great shock that rounding up all of Marvel's mutants (past, present and future) for a big-screen adventure would be good for business, as X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST stormed the box office with an estimated opening of $90.7 million!

Wolverine's time-tripping mission to save his colleagues may have the most characters out of all the chapters in the X-franchise, but its opening still comes up short of X-MEN: THE LAST STAND's $102.7 million 3-day total back in 2006. And it trails CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, GODZILLA and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 as the fourth-biggest opening of 2014.

Still, the battle against mutant-hunting Sentinels will get an extra day to rake big bucks (probably another $15-$20 million) over Monday's Memorial Day holiday, and the superpowered extravaganza has already brought in an additional $171 million from international crowds.

The costly adaptation of the prominent Uncanny X-Men comics story was a hit with critics -- 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, the highest average of the entire mutant series. And the movie got an 'A' CinemaScore from audiences, which could be good for word-of-mouth business, especially since there won't be any more comic book characters on screen until Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY arrive on August 1.

Coming in second place was last week's conqueror GODZILLA with $31.4 million, a drop of 66% from its opening as the King of Monsters stomps toward $150 million domestic and $315 million total worldwide.

The creature feature stayed ahead of Adam Sandler's latest comedy BLENDED, which opened in third with a weak $14.2 million (putting its opening between Sandler's LITTLE NICKY and THAT'S MY BOY). The romcom only cost around $40 million (compared to the $70-$80 million of Sandler's last few movies) and Sandler's forgiving audiences graded it an 'A-' CinemaScore, but it was unsurprisingly savaged by critics (15% on Rotten Tomatoes).

The R-rated comedy NEIGHBORS was in fourth with $13.9 million, and shouldn't have any trouble hitting $200 million worldwide. It was followed by THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 with $7.8 million, adding to the wall-crawler's $674 million global total.

In sixth place was last weekend's new sports drama MILLION DOLLAR ARM with $7 million, and things take a dip after that with THE OTHER WOMAN, RIO 2 and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL grabbing the leftover scraps. Jon Favreau's food-truck comedy CHEF expanded onto 500 screens, and drove into the Top 10 with $2.2 million as it coasts on positive word-of-mouth.

Outside the chart, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER put away his shield until it's time to fight Ultron, and MOM'S NIGHT OUT and LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN are also gone.

Next weekend offers Angelina Jolie as iconic Disney villain MALEFICENT, while Seth MacFarlane rounds up an all-star cast for the R-rated comedy A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past $90.7 M
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2. Godzilla $31.4 M $148.7 M
3. Blended $14.2 M
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4. Neighbors $13.9 M $113.6 M
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $7.8 M $184.9 M
6. Million Dollar Arm $7 M $20.6 M
7. The Other Woman $3.6 M $77.7 M
8. Rio 2 $2.5 M $121.5 M
9. Chef $2.2 M $3.5 M
10. Heaven Is for Real $1.9 M $85.7 M

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8:37AM on 05/27/2014

X-men fixed

Singer killed it with this movie. Loved it! I'm still changing my diapers.
Singer killed it with this movie. Loved it! I'm still changing my diapers.
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2:00PM on 05/26/2014

Stil hoping

I hope X-Men would do well & better...When i watch Spiderman, i thought i entered the wrong cinema & its a lover story i was watching...the next weekend after, thank god Godzilla is so much better than the crappy spiderman 2...Yesterday was so nice cause x-Men is better than Godzilla...never understand why do "Amazing Crappyman 2" do so well,..While Godzilla & X-Men seems underrated..
I hope X-Men would do well & better...When i watch Spiderman, i thought i entered the wrong cinema & its a lover story i was watching...the next weekend after, thank god Godzilla is so much better than the crappy spiderman 2...Yesterday was so nice cause x-Men is better than Godzilla...never understand why do "Amazing Crappyman 2" do so well,..While Godzilla & X-Men seems underrated..
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10:32AM on 05/26/2014
How the hell are you trying to compare Days of Future Past's two day performance against the Last Stand's three day performance and claim it is coming up short? Especially when this is a three day holiday weekend and will have a third day to compare between the two.

You may as well say its opening two day performance is short of First Class's total box office if you aren't going to compare apples to apples.

How the hell are you trying to compare Days of Future Past's two day performance against the Last Stand's three day performance and claim it is coming up short? Especially when this is a three day holiday weekend and will have a third day to compare between the two.

You may as well say its opening two day performance is short of First Class's total box office if you aren't going to compare apples to apples.

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5:46PM on 05/26/2014
I think you have misunderstood this article. The weekend box office includes Fri, Sat, Sun. That's 3 days. For both movies. Sure..DOFP will add another $20 million today..but, that doesn't change their 3 day total.
I think you have misunderstood this article. The weekend box office includes Fri, Sat, Sun. That's 3 days. For both movies. Sure..DOFP will add another $20 million today..but, that doesn't change their 3 day total.
9:43PM on 05/25/2014
CRUSH BLENDED, CRUSH IT!
CRUSH BLENDED, CRUSH IT!
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8:14PM on 05/25/2014
I am a bit surprised X-men didn't do as well as it should have. It's a SOLID film. Sure there are inconsistencies but there always will be, but overall a FANTASTIC movie. As much as I enjoyed Godzilla, and LOVED seeing the King of Monsters on the big screen, the human element was dull and forgettable. X-men should have beaten Godzilla for that one reason alone.
Oh well. Time will tell. Perhaps more people will flock to see it from word of mouth.
I am a bit surprised X-men didn't do as well as it should have. It's a SOLID film. Sure there are inconsistencies but there always will be, but overall a FANTASTIC movie. As much as I enjoyed Godzilla, and LOVED seeing the King of Monsters on the big screen, the human element was dull and forgettable. X-men should have beaten Godzilla for that one reason alone.
Oh well. Time will tell. Perhaps more people will flock to see it from word of mouth.
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7:33PM on 05/25/2014
Considering the X-Men franchise fell into a slump after X3, this is very good news. First Class & The Wolverine only opened to $55million & $53million, so this was a great boost for the franchise. Plus it has the added benefit of very good word of mouth, so it should match Captain America in terms of legs.
Considering the X-Men franchise fell into a slump after X3, this is very good news. First Class & The Wolverine only opened to $55million & $53million, so this was a great boost for the franchise. Plus it has the added benefit of very good word of mouth, so it should match Captain America in terms of legs.
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6:24PM on 05/25/2014
Great news for the X-Men franchise, what's even better is that "Blended" bombed. Time to reevaluate your film career, Adam!
Great news for the X-Men franchise, what's even better is that "Blended" bombed. Time to reevaluate your film career, Adam!
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6:18PM on 05/25/2014
I liked the movie, it was good, I still feel as Capt America is my number 1 comic film this year so far, with Spiderman being last, which is sad cuz he is my all time favorite hero. But with the events that happened in X-Men DoFP, my biggest concern besides Apocalypse is who are the new X-Men gonna be? Lets face it, when the movie was over, it was just Xavier and Beast and I don't count on Mystique being on the team at first when they face off with the big "A" which is set in the 80s. Logan did
I liked the movie, it was good, I still feel as Capt America is my number 1 comic film this year so far, with Spiderman being last, which is sad cuz he is my all time favorite hero. But with the events that happened in X-Men DoFP, my biggest concern besides Apocalypse is who are the new X-Men gonna be? Lets face it, when the movie was over, it was just Xavier and Beast and I don't count on Mystique being on the team at first when they face off with the big "A" which is set in the 80s. Logan did mention certain peoples names to Xavier when they were talking, namely Jean, Scott and Storm. Me personally, I would like to see younger version of the original team, since The Last Stand was wiped from existence. Including Angel, cuz he needs to be turned into the horseman "Death". I really would like to see that.
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4:18AM on 05/26/2014
"I liked the movie, it was good, I still feel as Capt America is my number 1 comic film this year so far, with Spiderman being last, which is sad cuz he is my all time favorite hero."

That sentence echoes my own feelings to an absolute tee.
"I liked the movie, it was good, I still feel as Capt America is my number 1 comic film this year so far, with Spiderman being last, which is sad cuz he is my all time favorite hero."

That sentence echoes my own feelings to an absolute tee.
5:57PM on 05/25/2014

An 'A' CinemaScore 'could' be good for business

So basically the only grade that's really good for word of mouth is an A+? Is that how it works?
So basically the only grade that's really good for word of mouth is an A+? Is that how it works?
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5:14PM on 05/25/2014
Glad to see DOFP on top. Obviously it was going to take it. And as an addition to the franchise, it ranks as the best one for me. And I am stoked for repeated viewings.
Glad to see DOFP on top. Obviously it was going to take it. And as an addition to the franchise, it ranks as the best one for me. And I am stoked for repeated viewings.
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4:38PM on 05/25/2014
I figured it would open with 90-100 mil. Not too shabby!
Still don't think it's quite as good as Cap 2 was, even though I've always loved the X-Men a lot more than Captain America or The Avengers. That said, I'm seeing it for the third time tonight, so obviously "not quite as good as Cap 2" is still beyond good!
I figured it would open with 90-100 mil. Not too shabby!
Still don't think it's quite as good as Cap 2 was, even though I've always loved the X-Men a lot more than Captain America or The Avengers. That said, I'm seeing it for the third time tonight, so obviously "not quite as good as Cap 2" is still beyond good!
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4:23PM on 05/25/2014
I thought X-Men would have the biggest opening of the year so far.
I thought X-Men would have the biggest opening of the year so far.
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4:04PM on 05/25/2014
Great to see X-Men do well this weekend. The entire movie was amazing the watch from start to finish. The ending was especially great to see.
Great to see X-Men do well this weekend. The entire movie was amazing the watch from start to finish. The ending was especially great to see.
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3:49PM on 05/25/2014
Saw Godzilla last weekend and there was a line out the door. Went to X-men last night and the theater was 2/3rd's empty.
Saw Godzilla last weekend and there was a line out the door. Went to X-men last night and the theater was 2/3rd's empty.
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4:23AM on 05/26/2014
Then your theater was the exception to the rule.
Then your theater was the exception to the rule.
3:22PM on 05/25/2014

sold out?

I went to see the Midnight Imax showings of both "Captain America" and Spiderman" in Boston. neither show was sold out. I try to see X-Men on Thursday night in the middle of the suburbs New York and it's sold out. Not just the midnight showing either. They had 11 showings on Thursday night for Xmen and all of them were sold out, the ticket lady said Friday night was already sold out also.

Now i have to wait until Tuesday to see it, thats the next chance i get.


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I went to see the Midnight Imax showings of both "Captain America" and Spiderman" in Boston. neither show was sold out. I try to see X-Men on Thursday night in the middle of the suburbs New York and it's sold out. Not just the midnight showing either. They had 11 showings on Thursday night for Xmen and all of them were sold out, the ticket lady said Friday night was already sold out also.

Now i have to wait until Tuesday to see it, thats the next chance i get.


In other box office news: "Frozen" has surpassed "Iron Man 3" as the fifth highest grossing film of all time
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4:40PM on 05/25/2014
Sold out? Really? Man, my theatre on Thursday night was only a little over half full, and the crowd didn't seem all that into it, either. That's what I get for living in Maine, I guess. Philistines!
Sold out? Really? Man, my theatre on Thursday night was only a little over half full, and the crowd didn't seem all that into it, either. That's what I get for living in Maine, I guess. Philistines!
5:09PM on 05/25/2014
@kivzirrum. Did we go to the same showing. Lol. I saw it in Bangor, Maine and the theater wasn't full.
@kivzirrum. Did we go to the same showing. Lol. I saw it in Bangor, Maine and the theater wasn't full.
4:25AM on 05/26/2014
The 10:00 and midnight showings were both sold out where I'm from, but I saw it again the following night and it was only decently full.
The 10:00 and midnight showings were both sold out where I'm from, but I saw it again the following night and it was only decently full.
3:57PM on 05/27/2014
@The_Holiest Haha, no, actually! I saw it in Westbrook. Guess Maine just doesn't go for the mutants, then :P
@The_Holiest Haha, no, actually! I saw it in Westbrook. Guess Maine just doesn't go for the mutants, then :P
2:23PM on 05/25/2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past was incredible and epic in every sense of those two words. By far the best X-Men film and of the summer and wil probably end up being the best film of the summer as well. All involved in this deserve all the success and recognition in bringing not only one of the best comic book films of all time, but one of the best films ever.

Can't wait for Apocalypse!
X-Men: Days of Future Past was incredible and epic in every sense of those two words. By far the best X-Men film and of the summer and wil probably end up being the best film of the summer as well. All involved in this deserve all the success and recognition in bringing not only one of the best comic book films of all time, but one of the best films ever.

Can't wait for Apocalypse!
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12:43AM on 05/26/2014
I agree with it being one of the top two greatest comic book films ever ( TDK being no.1), but best films EVER?
I agree with it being one of the top two greatest comic book films ever ( TDK being no.1), but best films EVER?
4:27AM on 05/26/2014
I still don't think it beats out X2, although it is definitely the second best film in the series. I re-watched the first two films before going to see it and was amazed by just how well they hold up. I also would place Avengers, the original Iron Man and probably Winter Soldier (just barely) above it (and of course TDK) but still a very solid film.
I still don't think it beats out X2, although it is definitely the second best film in the series. I re-watched the first two films before going to see it and was amazed by just how well they hold up. I also would place Avengers, the original Iron Man and probably Winter Soldier (just barely) above it (and of course TDK) but still a very solid film.
5:57AM on 05/26/2014
It was a great time at the cinema, but one of the best films ever? That's a bit of a stretch.
It was a great time at the cinema, but one of the best films ever? That's a bit of a stretch.
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1:36PM on 05/25/2014

X-Men Probably Winds up as Best of Summer 2014...

X-Men is going to be tough to top. I'm really looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy and Apes, but I doubt they'll be better than X-Men.

Godzilla and Captain America were both great, too, so summer's off to an excellent start.
X-Men is going to be tough to top. I'm really looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy and Apes, but I doubt they'll be better than X-Men.

Godzilla and Captain America were both great, too, so summer's off to an excellent start.
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1:22PM on 05/25/2014
Really enjoyed Godzilla, amazing in IMAX.
looking forward to X-Men tomorrow
Really enjoyed Godzilla, amazing in IMAX.
looking forward to X-Men tomorrow
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