Rounding out the 2014 Memorial Day Weekend, X-Men: Days of Future Past dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales.
When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, things are going to get messy. And the X-Men franchise lived up to its clout by taking on the king of monsters head first. Closing out the four-day holiday weekend with a bang, X-Men: Days of Future Past absolutely dominated the box office this past weekend with an astonishing $110.57 million.
Not only does DOFP’s three-day opening gross ($90.8 million) rank second overall in the franchise – X-Men: The Last Stand holds that record with $102 million – but it is also the fifth highest opening figure for Memorial Weekend cinema history. It’s worldwide haul is now at $301 million and is estimated to jump up to second out of seventh by next weekend.
Godzilla took a big tumble into second place with $38.43 million. That may seem like a lot of money, and the film has now gained over $150 million domestically, but the film lost 58.8 percent of its audience. Comparatively, in its second weekend out, Godzilla has now earned $322 million worldwide.
Debuting in third is Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s obligatory reunion cash grab Blended. Taking home $17.73 million, Blended is one of Sandler’s worst opening weekends ever. Even films like Jack and Jill and Little Nicky opened to a higher grosses of $25 million and $16 million, respectively. Not even Barrymore could help pull Sandler out of his slump as she was unfortunately dragged down in his mess of craptacular garbage movies.
Squeezed out of the top three and into fourth place, Neighbors dropped only 31.7 percent and earned $17.12 million in its third weekend.
And topping off the top five is The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The wall crawler has seen better days as it was no match for the super powered mutant team as Spidey earned $10.01 million. It’s not expected to make even close to enough to reach the cash its predecessor or any of the Raimi Spider-Man movies have made.
In its second weekend, Million Dollar Arm fell from fourth to sixth. It retained a lot of its audience, but still was only able to gross $9.16 million. It’s got a long way to climb if it wants to reach the pinnacle of baseball movies.
And finally both Chef and Belle opened up to more theaters this weekend. Chef came in ninth, jumping up six spots to earn $2.97 million while Belle moved up one spot to twelfth and raked in $2.18 million.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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