Sunday, May 25, 2014

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' dominates, 'Godzilla' takes a steep plunge and 'Blended' flops at weekend box office

It's Memorial Day weekend and that means that the movie business is raking in big bucks. There was no way that this year could top last year's double punch of Fast and Furious 6 and The Hangover Part III, but Wolverine and the X-Men still managed to have quite the debut. X-Men: Days of Future Past, the seventh film in the X-Men franchise debuted to a strong $90.7 million this weekend, which is the second highest debut ever for an X-Men film. Although it fell just shy of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla, Days of Future Past should finish the four-day Memorial Day weekend with around $110 million. Stellar reviews (91% on Rotten Tomatoes) and strong word of mouth (the film received an "A" Cinemascore) is certainly helping Days of Future Past. A total around $230 million is guaranteed. It's a fantastic film and I highly recommend checking it out. I plan on seeing it again before I write my review, but still, expect that up on the site within a day or two. Also, X-Men: Days of Future Past opened to $171.1 million overseas for a grand total of $261.7 million worldwide. That's a great opening and the film could end up making as much as $800 million.

Warner Bros.' Godzilla fell hard this weekend, dropping 66% to second place with $31.4 million. With the direct competition in the form of X-Men, this result is unsurprising, but it's still an unusually large drop. Obviously word of mouth kicked in for Godzilla and people realized that it really isn't a must see (I just dropped my grade from a "B+" to a "B" after thinking about the film some more). Godzilla has now brought in $148.7 million in the US and a total of $315.3 million worldwide. Expect Godzilla to still hit $200 million in the US.

Warner Bros. continued to have a bad weekend as their Adam Sandler comedy, Blended, flopped hard at the box office. The PG-13 comedy took in a paltry $14.2 million in third place, which is one of the lowest openings for an Adam Sandler comedy in history. However, the film received an "A-" Cinemascore, which indicates that the people who saw the film, liked it. I still doubt that this will end up with more than $35 or $40 million. Blended only cost $40 million to make and will still likely turn a profit for Warner Bros. Not far behind Blended was Universal's Neighbors, which dropped 44% to fourth place. The raunchy comedy took in $13.9 million this weekend and has now brought in $113.6 million. The film will probably finish with around $140 million. Not bad for a movie that cost only $18 million.

Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 finished in fifth place this weekend with $7.8 million. The comic book sequel has now taken in $184.9 million and will likely crawl its way to $200 million. Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a worldwide total of $673.9 million, which isn't terrible. Still, Sony is going to have to rethink their budget and their strategy for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. They have to make something more than just a generic, forgettable superhero film.

Disney's Million Dollar Arm was one of the big success stories of the weekend, dropping only 32% to sixth place. The film took in an additional $7 million and has now grossed $20.6 million. It's a very good film and one that I really enjoyed and I'm glad to see that it's doing well. With little dramatic competition, Million Dollar Arm could end up making a decent amount of money at the box office.

The Other Woman finished in seventh place this weekend, taking in $3.6 million. The rom-com has now grossed $77.7 million. Fox's Rio 2 finished in eighth place this weekend, grossing $2.5 million and raising its total to $121.5 million. Open Road's Chef had a great weekend, finishing in ninth place with $2.2 million. Jon Favreau's comedy has now grossed $3.5 million. And finally, Heaven is for Real rounded out the top ten, finishing with $1.9 million, which raised the film's total to $85.7 million.

Next weekend sees the release of Maleficent and A Million Ways to Die in the West. Here are my predictions.

1. Maleficent- $57.4 million
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past- $55.6 million
3. A Million Ways to Die in the West- $35.3 million
4. Godzilla- $14.4 million
5. Neighbors- $7.5 million
6. Blended- $6.9 million
7. Million Dollar Arm- $5.9 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2- $5.6 million
9. The Other Woman- $2.9 million
10. Chef- $1.8 million

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