“X-Men: Days of Future Past” will finish the four-day holiday weekend with a domestic box-office haul of $111 million, meeting the highest pre-release expectations. Director Bryan Singer’s film grossed $191 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $302 million, the best debut of any installment of the Fox franchise.
However, in the North American box office, “Days of Future Past” still trailed behind the $122.9 million four-day opening of “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the widely reviled 2006 film whose mistakes Singer and writer/producer Simon Kinberg hoped to correct.
“This record-breaking result reflects the incredible work done by the filmmakers and cast on this X-Men saga, together with the passion and diligence of the new global distribution and marketing team at Fox,” Paul Hanneman, Fox’s co-president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said in a statement.
Last week’s box-office champion, “Godzilla,” finished Memorial Day Weekend at a distant second, with $39.4 million domestically, bringing its global total to $323.4 million.
“Blended,” the new Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy, opened at No. 3 with a paltry $17 million, barely ahead of the Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedy “Neighbors” ($17.2 million), now in its third weekend. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” came in fifth with $10 million, bringing its domestic total to $187.1 million (worldwide, the Sony sequel has grossed a total of $676.1 million).
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