Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 25th, 2014

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May 25 Box Office X Men DOFP Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 25th, 2014

There were few surprises at the box office this Memorial Day weekend, as a familiar blockbuster franchise proved its worth once again.

Coming in at number 1 is X-Men: Days of Future Past (read our review) with $90.7 million. There was no doubt that X-Men was going to take the Memorial Day weekend, but whether or not it would break Captain America 2‘s current 2014 opening record of $95M was up in the air all weekend. It went back and forth but eventually, X-Men did not end up taking the title; it also fell short of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla‘s U.S. openings. That being said, Days of Future Past‘s opening was strong enough to take the number 4 spot among Memorial Day weekend releases.

It appears the union of the First Class and OT X-Men franchises was a success, as Days of Future Past‘s opening is now the second highest for an X-film behind The Last Stand ($102M). Not to mention the movie nearly doubled First Class‘ $55 million opening weekend tally. On the worldwide front, Days of Future Past is doing even better business, setting records in 11 international markets on its way to $171 million. The film should have no problem eclipsing The Wolverine‘s $282M total to become the highest grossing international X-Men release by next weekend.

James McAvoy Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman in X Men Days of Future Past Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 25th, 2014

That being said, Days of Future Past still has a steep uphill climb ahead as it tries to turn a profit. If X-Men: Days of Future Past is not the most, then it is certainly one of the most expensive superhero movies ever made, which means a successful and deep box office run is needed. For now, though, the film is off to a great start, with $261 million worldwide.

Godzilla is the number 2 film this weekend with $31.4 million. While the movie is already off to a blistering start – having grossed $148 million after only two weeks – it’s worth noting that Godzilla dropped 66% from last weekend. Most figured that, given the film’s surprising debut and strong reception, it would be able to retain more of its audience, but clearly X-Men was too much too handle. That being said, Godzilla is up to a very nice $315 million worldwide total.

The Adam Sandler comedy Blended (read our review) is the number 3 film this weekend with $14.2 million. That’s substantially less than your average Adam Sandler release, which usually opens with no less than $25 million.

Jessica Lowe Kevin Nealon Blended Movie 2014 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 25th, 2014

For comparison, last year’s Grown Ups 2 – a film that was panned across the board by critics – debuted with $41 million. It’s unclear whether Sandler’s audience is waning, or the competition was too stiff; whatever the case, Blended‘s opening is nothing to write home about.

In at number 4 is Neighbors with $13.9 million. The comedy celebrated the Memorial Day weekend by crossing the $100 million mark, making it Seth Rogen’s second straight $100M grosser along with This is the End. Neighbors has made $113 million after 3 weeks.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with $7.8 million, which brings its domestic total up to $184 million. With both Godzilla and X-Men out, ASM 2 is starting to wind down even as it inches closer to $200 million domestic. Combined with its huge international total of $489 million, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has made $673 million worldwide.

Coming in at number 6 is Million Dollar Arm with $7 million. Despite a sub par opening last weekend, it appears the Jon Hamm-led sports movie was a decent source of counter-programming – or, rather, family friendly fodder – during the holiday. All told, Million Dollar Arm has grossed $20 million after two weeks.

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The number 7 film this weekend is The Other Woman with $3.6 million. The film is now up to $77 million after 5 weeks.

Rio 2 comes in at number 8 with $2.5 million. Fox’s animated flick held a little better than most, likely due to the lack of competition; it’s now up to $121 million after 7 weeks.

In at number 9 is Chef, which made $2.2 million on 498 screens. It may not be the type of numbers Iron Man director Jon Favreau is used to seeing, but Chef has been doing decent business in limited release. Thus far, the film has grossed $3 million.

Rounding out the top 10 is Heaven is for Real with $1.9 million. After a strong run over the past six weeks, it appears this religious-themed film’s time in the limelight is about up. Still, Heaven is for Real is one of this year’s biggest success stories, having accrued $85 million.

Outside the top 10: Amma Asante’s period drama Belle (read our review) continued to expand to more theaters in the U.S. and grossed $1.7 million to take the number 12 spot, bringing its domestic total up to $3.9 million thus far.

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[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Tuesday, May 26th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

TAGS: belle, Blended, box office, Chef, godzilla, million dollar arm, Neighbors, rio 2, the amazing spider-man 2, x-men days of future past

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  1. I generally like all Adam Sandler movies, and Blended was advertised decently, but it just doesn’t look very appealing. The plot is hardly aparent, and the only thing drawing me in is the always-hilarious Terry Crews. It definitely is going against too stiff of competition!!

  2. Spidey can phone-it-in dear SR editors aka X-men fanboys (jk), and still kick x-men butt. And people think Sony will ever give the rights back to Marvel.

    • Spidey of old yes. Don’t expect ASM2 to have “kicked X-Men’s butt” when all is said and done.
      It may gross more, it may not, but it won’t be a butt whipping in either direction.

      Also, Spidey was followed shortly by Godzilla and the X-Men.
      There isn’t too much to stop X-Men until transformers hits in a month!

      Both were good movies anyway!

      • Maleficent is going to take the family and young audience; A Million Ways to Die in the West is going to take some of the 18-49 demo. Both come out next Friday.

        • Well, I didn’t mean there are no other movies coming out of course.
          What I meant, and thought to be obvious, is there are no movies predicted to be blockbusters coming out.

          Maleficent being the one possible exception. But based on Snow White and the Huntsman I wouldn’t expect it to tear up the BO. Though it should do well for itself. Who knows, maybe it’s the sleeper hit of the summer.

          My point still stands. X-Men has less competition in the following weeks than Spider-Man did.

  3. 1. I said before its release without house of marvel spiderman and xmen 5 were both running on
    fumes domestically but unfortunately the international audience will feed both of these weak
    Mules another round of films.
    2. Box office mojo reported the godzilla film was not the film that was advertised, i said that last week
    and this movie lost its audience too fast as a result of godzillas short screen time.
    3. Transformers on name alone will be only movie to hit 300 million domestically this summer
    another 500 million worldwide.

    • DOFP is a weak mule?

      Sure dude.

    • So by your logic Captain America and Thor are “running on fumes domestically” too?
      Because Spidey and the X-Men opened pretty much the same as both Cap and Thor.

      Spidey may not do as well as Captian in the States, but it’ll end up very close to Thor. And Spidey is killing CA abroad.

      X-Men might not have pulled in quite what they wanted on opening weekend, but they have good word of mouth and a pretty clear road ahead for the next few weeks. Look for them to be right up there with both of Disvels last two installments when the dust settles.

      Face it, Disney isn’t ever going to get these properties back.

      Go home Fanboy, you’re drunk.

      • I’m not sure what his point was but even 5 years, If I said Thor and Cap would rival opening weekends for Spidey and XMen, I would be laughed out of the room.

        I don’t believe either is running on fumes, both opened north of 90 mil which is great. The fact that you can say “they even opened the same as Cap and Thor” is crazy, isn’t it? I don’t think it’s a shot at X-Men or Spider Man but more of rise in popularity of the other two.

    • I’ll echo simply what others have said:

      Useless Marvel fanboy.

  4. Look I really liked the movie but for all the talk of this being FOX’s most expensive film next to Avatar, where was that money on the screen? I mean there were some decent action scenes but what the hell made this movie cost as much as Godzilla and Captain America 2′s budgets combined? Was there like another hours worth of material that was cut out or something?

    • If you want to know where a lot of the budget went, I’d suggest looking at the cast’s bank accounts.

    • My guess would be all of the special effects taking place in the future and past timelines. This movie contains more special effects than most of the other Xmen movies

  5. Godzilla actually suffered under bad word of mouth as well. While some people loved the movie, others told everyone that the movie was nothing like they imagined. The marketing promised other stuff than that the movie delivered.

  6. I hope DOFP crosses the $500 million mark but I dont think it will have the legs to do that.

  7. I’m confused. the $90 million box office sales was reported before Sunday was even over, so I’d like to know how much they really made. People were reporting $90 million on Sunday morning, but it makes more sense to report midnight.

  8. I see that some of you have a warped perceptions of box office success and call me fanboy without
    giving any insight as to why some of you are all on xmen and spiderman’s jockstrap.
    1. I was right, neither of sonys or fox’s marvel movies were going to really make any box office noise
    Domestically, and this is exactly what happened.
    2.. Neither of the openings touched the three massive openings of may movies from 2007 which
    None of those movies reached neither darkinights or avengers or iron man 3′s numbers.
    3. And yes domestically these movies are running on fumes while thor and cap improved their
    numbers over previous movies, fox’s highest grossing xmen movie is last stand worldwide at the
    moment.
    4. Point blank, jesse said it best a few days ago, if marvel is not careful and drifts away from source
    material too much their MCU will look like the crap sony and fox spits out.

    • Do you actually care about comic book adaptations, or just look at box office numbers to determine their value?

      I’ve enjoyed a LOT of CBM movies so far, and they’re not all from Marvel. Cap2 is a great Marvel film, while Thor2 wasn’t really that good. Xmen was great, Spidey was so so. I’ve also enjoyed MOS. I read a ton of comic books as a kid, and I’m glad to finally see them all on the big screen. Box office numbers mean nothing to me, as long as I get my money’s worth.

      Sadly, you’re using box office numbers for some “agenda” that we don’t know of (or can only guess).

      • No agenda at all, i already know that sony and fox wont sell these franchises back
        anytime soon. But i will say thi, both studios are doing such a great job of trashing the
        Xmen and the ff source material that if marvel ever gets them back they wont have to do much
        To upgrade the xmen and ff.

        • Your “agenda”, so to speak, is that Marvel movies stay close to their source material, and hence, are better than other movies outside the brand. I get it, and you’re not the first person to suggest it.

          I don’t see Marvel as the gold standard for comic book movies, hence my disagreement with you. And, I really find it silly when people use box office numbers to judge films. What matters most is what “you” think about the film (after seeing it). If a film doesn’t do well because the market dictates so, so be it.

    • Are you still here Fanboy? I thought I told you to go home?
      Next time you want to reply to what I said man up and directly reply directly to my comment.

      I understand the numbers better than you do my man, but I’m also smart enough not to argue with a fanboy groupie.

      L8r

  9. I find it interesting that all those movies (CATWS, TASM 2, Godzilla, DOFP) opened domestically with almost the same numbers (90-95 million $ range), regardless of predictions…

  10. “If X-Men: Days of Future Past is not the most, then it is certainly one of the most expensive superhero movies ever made”

    I’m just trying to work out what I’m missing. Box Office Mojo has the production budget at 200 mill. Isn’t that normal these days?

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