Magazine article Screen International

X-Men Leads US Memorial Day Weekend

Magazine article Screen International

X-Men Leads US Memorial Day Weekend

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X-Men: Days of Future Past had a powerful but not record-breaking opening at the North American box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $90.7m over the first three days of the four day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The domestic take was less impressive than the $171.1m the seventh X-Men film took internationally this weekend, the biggest opening ever for Fox International, beating previous record holder Avatar. The resulting worldwide tally of $261.8m made Days of Future Past the biggest global opener of all the X-Men films and Fox's second biggest global opener, after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.The domestic gross (which came from 3,996 North American cinemas, for a per-cinema average of $22,698) places the film (made in association with Marvel Entertainment) as the fourth biggest three day opener of the year so far and the second biggest three day opener in the X-Men series. The franchise's third entry, X-Men: The Last Stand, opened over Memorial Day weekend in 2006 with $102.8m domestically over three days and $124m over four and went on to take $234.4m domestically.With director Bryan Singer returning to the franchise and a cast including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Jennifer Lawrence, Days of Future Past got positive reviews and easily beat the $53.1m opening of last year's X-Men film The Wolverine.Warner Bros' Blended had a much weaker than expected opening, taking $14.2m from 3,555 theatres (average - $4,007) for third spot in the North American top ten.The romantic family comedy reunites stars Adam Sandler (making his first film for Warner after a run at Sony) and Drew Barrymore and their The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci. It was panned by critics and fell well short of the $41.5m opening achieved last summer by Sandler's ensemble outing Grown Ups 2. It did, however, beat the $13. …

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