‘X-Men’ conquers Memorial Day weekend

Michael Fassbender stars as Magneto in the new “X-Men” film.
Michael Fassbender stars as Magneto in the new “X-Men” film.(Alan Markfield/20th Century Fox via ap)

‘‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’’ is projected to be the fifth best Memorial Day holiday weekend debut in box office history over a four-day period, just behind ‘‘Fast & Furious 6’’ and above ‘‘The Hangover 2.’’

The seventh installment in the ‘‘X-Men’’ franchise earned $111 million, according to studio estimates on Monday. Fox updated its holiday weekend projection, taking it up slightly from $91 million to $91.4 million.

2006’s ‘‘X-Men: The Last Stand’’ is still the highest domestic opener of the series, gaining $123 million when it debuted over the Memorial holiday. ‘‘Days of Future Past,’’ starring a solid cast including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage and Ellen Page, is now the second highest ‘‘X-Men’’ debut.


‘‘We were hoping to get $100 million in four days and we hoped to broaden the movie out to a more general audience, which has come to fruition from a gender standpoint, age standpoint, and race standpoint,’’ said Spencer Klein, senior vice president and general sales manager for Fox.

The diverse domestic ‘‘X-Men’’ audience was 56 percent male and 44 percent female. Racially, 53 percent of the audience was white, 20 percent African-American, 14 percent Asian, and 13 percent Hispanic.

The attention ‘‘Days of Future Past’’ director Bryan Singer received due a sexual assault lawsuit didn’t keep fans away from theaters this weekend.

‘‘We didn’t really anticipate that it would,’’ said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for Fox. ‘‘It really shouldn’t have an impact on audiences and seeing this movie. The audience reactions on a global basis are extraordinarily high, the best of any of our ‘X-Men’ films.’’

Globally, ‘‘Days of Future Past’’ earned $282 million with $171 million of that total gained from the international sales in 119 countries, all of which had the ‘‘X-Men’’ film ranked No. 1.


The projected worldwide box office of ‘‘Days of Future Past’’ through Monday is an astounding $302 million. Warner Bros. sci-fi monster smash ‘‘Godzilla’’ dropped to No. 2, but landed solidly with $39.4 million from Thursday to Monday.

The Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore-led comedy ‘‘Blended’’ held the third place spot with an $18.2 million debut. It’s not a great start for the duo whose previous team-ups included ‘‘The Wedding Singer’’ and ‘‘50 First Dates.’’ Both films grossed over $80 million domestically.

‘‘Neighbors’’ and ‘‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’’ rounded out the top five earning $17.2 million and $10 million, respectively.

The four-day Memorial weekend is estimated to generate nearly $230 million, which is down approximately 27 percent from last year’s holiday weekend gross of $314.2 million.