X-Men: Days of Future Past is easily cementing its spot as the top earner this Memorial Day weekend, bringing in $90.7 million by Sunday and proving that nothing kicks off the unofficial start of summer quite like the time-honored tradition of seeing superheroes and villains duke it out for the good of the country.
The time-travel film — directed by Bryan Singer and starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence — is now on track to make at least $110 million over the long weekend, making it the second-largest holiday opening for the Fox franchise. (X-Men: The Last Stand took in $1o2.7 million in its first three days of release during Memorial Day weekend 2006). As expected, X-Men: Days of Future Past did well among international moviegoers, opening in 119 countries and territories for a global revenue of $261.78 million.
Other top earners this weekend included Godzilla. The movie made an estimated $31.43 million during the holiday weekend, making its domestic gross $148.77 million. Blended (Cinema Score: A-) — starring 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer duo Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler — opened to an estimated $14.25 million, a laugh-out-loud film for families seeking an alternative to mega monster/mutant movies. And family vs. frat comedy Neighbors (Cinema Score: B) crossed the $100 million mark in its third weekend of release, taking in an estimated $13.9 million for a domestic total of $113.58 million.
Rounding out the top five is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Dane DeHaan — which made an estimated $7.8 million over the three-day weekend, bringing its domestic gross to $184.90 million during its fourth weekend of release.
Here’s the top five:
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past– $90.7 million
2. Godzilla – $31.43 million
3. Blended – $ 14.35 million
4. Neighbors – $ 13.9 million
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $7.8 million
Outside the top earners, Disney’s sports drama Million Dollar Arm earned an estimated $7.09 million, making for a domestic gross of $20.63 million.
In limited release, 18th century British drama Belle (Cinema Score: A) — starring English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the title character — earned an estimated $1.70 million from 453 theaters nationwide, making for a grand domestic total of $3.89 million after four weeks. And for those who are craving fare more exotic than the usual Memorial Day burgers and dogs, Chef proved an appetizing alternative, taking in an estimated $2.26 million from 498 locations nationwide (bringing its domestic gross to $3.55 million).
Check back Monday to see if the mutants of X-Men: Days of Future Past continue to dominate the holiday weekend.