Holiday Weekend Box Office: 'X-Men' No. 7 has strong opening


LOS ANGELES -- "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is the fifth best Memorial Day holiday weekend debut in box office history over a four-day period, just behind "Fast & Furious 6" and above "The Hangover 2."

The seventh installment in the "X-Men" franchise earned $111 million.

2006’s "X-Men: The Last Stand" is the highest domestic opener of the series, gaining $123 million when it debuted over the Memorial holiday. "Days of Future Past," starring a solid cast including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Michael Fass-
bender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage and Ellen Page, is now the second highest "X-Men" debut.

The diverse domestic "X-Men" audience was 56 percent male and 44 percent female. Racially, 53 percent of the audience was white, 20 percent African-American, 14 percent Asian and 13 percent Hispanic.

"The audience reactions on a global basis are extraordinarily high, the best of any of our ‘X-Men’ films," said Chris Aron-
son, president of domestic distribution for Fox.

Globally, "Days of Future Past" earned $282 million with $171 million of that total gained from the international sales in 119 countries, all of which had the "X-Men" film ranked No. 1.

Warner Bros. sci-fi monster smash "Godzilla" dropped to No. 2, but landed solidly with $39.4 million from Thursday to Monday.

The Adam Sandler and
Drew Barrymore-led comedy "Blended" held the third place spot with an $18.2 million debut.

"Neighbors" and "The Ama-
zing Spider-Man 2" rounded out the top five earning $17.2 million and $10 million, respectively.

The Top 10

(figures in millions)

1. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" $111

2. "Godzilla" $39.4

3. "Blended" $18.2

4. "Neighbors" $17.2

5. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" $10

6. "Million Dollar Arm" $9

7. "The Other Woman" $5

8. "Rio 2" $3.3

9. "Chef" $3

10. "Heaven is for Real" $2.8


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