Weekend box office: X-Men dominates but Blended struggles

Weekend box office X-Men Days of Future Past

The hype surrounding X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (click the link to read our review) was insanely high, but all indications are that the film is actually meeting them with both fans and critics.  That’s translating into some nice success at the weekend box office, to the tune of about $100 million for the three day weekend and probably closer to $115 million for the four day weekend.  If we’re looking at all time Memorial Day weekend numbers, it should easily beat THE HANGOVER II and should come close to beating FAST AND FURIOUS 6, putting it either fourth or fifth all time.  Ironically, what many people are calling the best movie in the X-Men franchise probably won’t beat the worst movie in the franchise, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, which is still third all time.  As well as X-Men is performing, people seem to be focused on the failure of Adam Sandler’s Blended.  But as a lot of us predicted, the same kids that would go see an Adam Sandler movie would rather go see an X-Men movie or even GODZILLA.  So you can blame the studio for BLENDED’s horrible release date

Next week sees the release of MALEFICIENT, which should attract a younger audience, but probably won’t dethrone X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.  Then we also get A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST and I’m not sure what kind of audience that’s going to attract.  I think Seth McFarlane is going to have to realize that people may like his voices, but I don’t know anyone that actually likes him.  Casting himself in the movie was probably his biggest mistake, but we’ll see how it turns out next week.  Note: the numbers below are for the 3 day weekend and will be updated as they become final.

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past $90.7m

2. Godzilla $32.4m

3. Blended $14.2m

4. Neighbors $13.9m

5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $7.8m

6. Million Dollar Arm $7m

7. The Other Woman $3.6m

8. Rio 2 $2.5m

9. Chef $2.2m

10. Heaven is For Real $1.9m

(Deadline)

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