‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is #1, ‘Blended’ #3


Another week, another big-budget film opening to $90+ million. The Marvel family is divided among three studios. Sony owns Spider-Man, Fox owns the X-Men, Disney owns the Guardians of the Galaxy (and The Avengers). Something unusual is going on with Marvel openings. Captain America: The Winter Soldier still has the highest one of 2014.

Perhaps it’s the closeness of the competition. Captain America was the only must-see movie three weeks before or after, while the month of May has an event film opening every week.

It’s a marked improvement for X-Men: DOFP over X-Men: First Class. It helped bridge the gap between the old and new teams. (Reminds me of Star Trek: Generations, another movie starring Patrick Stewart.)

The other new opening was Blended, the third film to star Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. It had a last-second publicity campaign (something about riding an ostrich?) and it’s getting the usual flames from critics. I hope this doesn’t mean Sandler decides to make Grown-Ups 3.

For the weekend of May 23-25, 2014:

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $90.7 million – 1 wk (Fox)
. . . 3996 screens / $22,698 per screen
2. Godzilla – $31.43 ($148.77) – 2 wks (WB) -66.3%
. . . 3952 / $7952
3. Blended – $14.25 – 1 wk (WB)
. . . 3555 / $4007
4. Neighbors – $13.95 ($113.63) – 3 wks (U) -44.4%
. . . 3266 / $4270
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $7.8 ($184.9) – 4 wks (Sony) -53.6%
. . . 3160 / $2468
6. Million Dollas Arm – $7.09 ($10.63) – 2 wks (BV) -32.5%
. . . 3019 / $2349
7. The Other Woman – $3.68 ($77.77) – 5 wks (Fox) -41.7%
. . . 2154 / $1706
8. Rio 2 – $2.5 ($121.6) – 7 wks (Fox) -33.2%
. . . 1701 / $1470
9. Chef – $2.26 ($3.55) – 3 wks (ORF) +218.9%
. . . 498 / $4538
10. Heaven Is for Real – $1.95 ($85.75) – 6 wks (TriS) -55.5%
. . . 1720 / $1134

Opens Friday
MALEFICENT with Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley and Sharlto Copley.
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST with Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron.

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