LOS ANGELES — A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday.
Fox-Marvel’s X-Men: Days of Future Past debuted with $91 million beating last weekend’s No. 1 hit, the Warner Bros. sci-fi adventure Godzilla, which earned $31.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Days of Future Past is estimated to earn nearly $110 million over the four-day extended holiday weekend, which would make it the fifth-highest Memorial Day opener just after last year’s $117 million-grossing Fast & Furious 6. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End holds as the highest Memorial holiday debut ever with $140 million in 2007.
It appears the attention Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has received lately because of a sexual assault lawsuit didn’t deter fans. The director dropped out of doing any press for the film following the allegations.
Globally, Days of Future Past opened No. 1 in 119 countries with $262 million, the highest grossing opening weekend worldwide of the X-Men franchise and the biggest Fox International opening weekend ever.
The Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Blended debuted at No. 3 with a lackluster $14.2 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released today.
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past, $91 million.
2. Godzilla, $31.4 million.
3. Blended, $14.2 million.
4. Neighbors, $14 million.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, $8 million.
6. Million Dollar Arm, $7.1 million.
7. The Other Woman, $4 million.
8. Rio 2, $3 million.
9. Chef, $2.2 million.
10. Heaven Is for Real, $2 million.