Mutants ruled the box-office over the long Memorial Day weekend, while the new Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore rom-com disappointed.
With a studio-estimated $111 million in ticket sales from the United States and Canada, "X-Men: Days of Future Past” easily charged to the top of the box-office charts.
The four-day box-office take for the $200-million 20th Century Fox movie’s first weekend in release represents the biggest opening for an “X-Men” film since 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which opened over Memorial Day weekend with $123 million in ticket sales.
The new movie directed by Bryan Singer brings together the casts of the original trilogy and 2011’s “X-Men: First Class.” “Days of Future Past,” the seventh movie in the “X-Men” series and the first directed by Singer since “X2: X-Men United,” appeared to please moviegoers, who gave it a grade of A, according to the polling firm CinemaScore.
Meanwhile, the Sandler-Barrymore romantic comedy “Blended” debuted to lower-than-expected results and landed in third place behind last week’s victor, “Godzilla.”
“Blended,” released by Warner Bros., grossed $18.2 million in ticket sales, compared with the $30 million expected by people who had seen pre-release audience surveys heading into the weekend.
Sandler’s box-office track record has been mixed in recent years. While last year’s “Grown Ups 2" raked in $41.5 million in its first weekend on its way to a $134-million domestic total, 2012’s “That’s My Boy” opened with just $13.5 million and tapped out at $36.9 million.
“Godzilla,” which roared last weekend with $93 million in domestic ticket sales, continued its rampage with an estimated $39.4 million Friday through Monday.
For the monster movie from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the total haul from the U.S. and Canada so far stands at nearly $157 million.
The four-day weekend box-office generated an estimated $230 million from the U.S. and Canada, down 27% from last year’s Memorial Day weekend that featured “Fast & Furious 6" and “The Hangover Part III."