Marvel’s mighty mutants were back on top this weekend, opening to nearly universal acclaim and big money. Here’s what went down.
It’s the Memorial Day Long Weekend in the U.S., which means this weekend is set to include Monday; on that note, for its first three days, X-Men: Days of Future Past scored a hearty $90 million, just slightly behind the openings for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man and Godzilla. However, the number is still hugely impressive, considering both X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine, both of which were quality films but which had to surmount previously poor entries in the franchise. X-Men: Days of Future Past should have no problems passing the $200 million mark, and even has a shot at being the most profitable in the franchise.
How did we do on the rest? Check it out after the jump.
As for the rest of the top five, Godzilla dropped hard, landing in second place with $31 million. Blended debuted in third place with an anemic $14 million, fellow comedy Neighbors came down to $13 million, and the Amazing Spider-Man sequel continues to drop at $7.8 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) X-Men: Days of Future Past – $120 million
2) Godzilla – $50 million
3) Blended – $23 million
4) Neighbors – $18 million
5) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $13 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) X-Men: Days of Future Past – $90.7 million
2) Godzilla – $31 million
3) Blended – $14 million
4) Neighbors – $13.9 million
5) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $7.8 million
Next weekend sees the release of the highly anticipated re-imagining of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, starring Angela Jolie in the title role. Can one of Disney’s greatest villainesses take down Marvel’s mutants?