The numbers are in for the Memorial Day weekend box office gross and it looks like mutants rule the big screen.
X-Men: Days of Future Past had a solid outing with $90.7 million, opening in just under 4,000 theaters but that total tops $261 million with the international market. The 7th X-Men franchise film had an estimated budget of $200 million, so the film is already profitable after just one weekend.
Meanwhile, Godzilla had a strong second weekend with $31.4 million putting its total to just under $150 million for the two week span of its run. The giant lizard remake’s budget was approximately $160 million, so it’s just about ready to break even from a domestic stand point. Reports show that Godzilla has officially pushed its production company, Warner Bros, over the $1 billion mark in the international box office. WB will be the first production company to earn that mark in 2014. Who would have thought that it would be done by a film like this?
Adam Sandler’s latest outing with long-time co-star Drew Barrymore didn’t make much of a dent into the weekend box office. Blended raked in just over $14.2 million its opening weekend which is only about $300,000 above Neighbors which is in its second week.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is losing steam fast, puling in just $7.8 million this weekend in its 4th week. The total comes to just under $185 million to date. It had an estimated $200 million dollar budget and is estimated to come in as the least financially successful Spiderman franchise film from a domestic stand point.
The top ten is rounded out as follows:
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
6. Million Dollar Arm $7.1 million
7. The Other Woman (2014) $3.7 million
8. Rio 2 $2.5 million
9. Chef $2.3 million
10. Heaven is for Real $2 million
Captain America: The Winter Soldier finally dropped from the top ten this week, slipping to #11 and pulling in $1.7 million over 1,300 theaters. The latest Marvel flick has brought in a total of $253.5 million domestically on its $170 million budget.
These box office films will be joined next week by Seth MacFarlane’s latest live-action outing, A Million Ways to Die in the West which is a western comedy. It stars Seth MacFarlane (who also wrote, directed and produced the film), along with Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris. Angelina Jolie’s latest film, Maleficent also hits theaters next weekend. It’s a different, darker, live-action take on Sleeping Beauty.