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X-Men: Days of Future Past posts record global opening

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Story by Jack Foley

BRYAN Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise he helped to create has set the global box office ablaze.

X-Men: Days of Future Past took $281.1 million in world-wide ticket sales, easily becoming the best debut for an X-Men movie ever.

It also posted the best international figure for distributor Twentieth Century Fox outside of the US, beating even Avatar.

In the US, meanwhile, it took $90.7 million for the three-day weekend (Friday to Sunday) and is on course to hit $110 million by the end of the Memorial Day weekend.

Those figures represent the fifth best Memorial Day opening of all time after Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($139.8 million), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($126.9 million), X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.9 million) and last year’s Fast & Furious 6 ($117 million).

Fox’s Paul Hanneman, the studio’s relatively new co-president of worldwide marketing and distribution, commented: “This record-breaking result reflects the incredible work done by the film makers and cast on this X-Men saga, together with the passion and diligence of the new global distribution and marketing team at Fox.”

As well as marking Singer’s return to the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past – which cost $200 million-plus to produce – features actors from the original X-Men trilogy of films and X-Men: First Class, including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

The news was not so good this weekend for Adam Sandler, however, whose latest film Blended tanked.

The comedy, which reunites Sandler with Drew Barrymore for a third time, is only projected to earn $18.2 million for the four-day weekend in the US, which if confirmed would mark one of Sandler’s lowest openings of the past five years. Blended could only place third.

In second, Godzilla took $31.4 million for the three-day weekend, which is expected to rise to $40 million. Globally, the Gareth Edwards’ blockbuster zoomed past the $300 million mark.

Rounding out the US top five was Zac Efron-Seth Rogen comedy Bad Neighbours, which continued to perform well with a three-day gross of $13.9 million, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which rounded out the top five with a three-day total of $7.8 million.

Internationally, the sequel took in another $11.2 million for an international cume of $489 million and worldwide total of $686.1 million.

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