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X-MEN: ‘Days of Future Past’ ($91M) wins weekend box office, powers past quarter-million in worldwide gross

Michael Fassbender as Magneto in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” (courtesy of Fox.)


“X-Men: Day of Future Past” was plenty magnetic enough to draw Memorial weekend audiences.

The fifth “X-Men” film grossed $90.7-million in its domestic debut over the three-day weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Final holiday-weekend numbers are expected Tuesday.

“Days of Future Past” was only the second-biggest domestic opening in the 14-year history of the franchise – the widely derided “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened to $102.8-million in 2006 – but for the latest X-outing, the real story so far is the overseas appetite for this American fare.

“DOFP” proved to have serious international appeal: Nearly two-thirds of its total gross (which now stands at $271.8-million) has come from foreign markets. That marks the biggest worldwide debut ever for the X-franchise – and the largest bow ever for Fox International, according to AP, which noted that “DOFT” opened No. 1 in 119 countries.

[‘X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’: A Six-Point Fanboy Review of a First-Class Film]



* In a sure sign of summer, three of the weekend’s top-11 films were superhero movies; the others were “Amazing Spider-Man 2” (fifth, with $8-million) and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (11th, $1.7-million).

* “X-Men” is the third superhero film this year to debut north of $90-million, behind “The Winter Soldier” ($95-million) and “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ ($91.6-million). They rank as the eighth, ninth and 10th biggest domestic debuts ever (not adjusted for inflation) for films featuring Marvel characters.

*”Day of Future Past’s” spanning-the-decades cast is especially golden: Among its four featured actresses, three (Anna Paquin, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lawrence) have won an Academy Award and the fourth (Ellen Page) is a past Oscar nominee. (Among the men, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen are all past Oscar nominees, as well.)

* Disney’s “Frozen” is the fifth-biggest movie of all time (total gross, not adjusted for inflation, standard rates apply, etc.), reaching $1.219-billion and passing “Iron Man 3.” ($1.215-billion), according to

Here are the estimated box-office totals Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak:
1.”X-Men: Days of Future Past,” $90.7 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.

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.



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