‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Breaks Franchise Box Office Record in Just 9 Days

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 6th, 2014 at 2:48 pm,

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After a strong opening in the busy blockbuster summer month of May, X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped to second place on its second weekend in theaters around the world. While its opening weekend didn’t top X-Men: The Last Stand’s 2006 opening haul domestically, with the help of 3D ticket premium boosts, Days of Future Past did break the record for international openings for the series, a growing trend in Hollywood as international markets prove increasingly more lucrative.

X-Men: Days of Future Past earned $90.8 million domestically in its first three days, comparable to other May openings in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla – along with April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – which all brought in low to mid-$90 million openings as well. In its second weekend, X-Men: DOFP earned another estimated $32.6 million domestically and $95.6 million internationally.

That brings the total worldwide box office haul for X-Men: Days of Future Past to just over $500 million, setting a new record for the franchise in just nine days. To compare to the totals of previous series installments (The Wolverine is the only other 3D release in the series):

  • $296,339,527 - X-Men (2000)
  • $407,711,549 – X2: X-Men United (2003)
  • $459,359,555 – X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • $373,062,864 – X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • $353,624,124 – X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • $414,828,246 – The Wolverine (2013)

At this rate, Days of Future Past will finish with a $700 million+ total comparable to other 2014 Marvel-branded releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which speaks volumes to the success of Fox’s big budget attempt at reinvigorating the X-franchise which until this latest installment has been unable to grow past The Last Stand at the box office and “right the ship” so to speak, after the pair of poorly received releases in The Last Stand and the first Wolverine solo title.

Of course, DOFP also represents the most expensive X-Men film to date, the second most expensive production ever from Twentieth Century Fox, sitting behind only Avatar. It was a big investment for the future with the studio pre-announcing a sequel for 2016 in X-Men: Apocalypse along with a third solo Wolverine out for 2017 followed by another unannounced X-Men movie for 2018. In between these are a reboot of Fantastic Four and a sequel, emphasizing how much Fox will be depending on their Marvel properties as tentpole releases for the foreseeable future.

Now if they only brought back the ’90s animated X-Men cartoon theme song:


More: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Is Bigger Than ‘Days of Future Past’


Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in theaters worldwide. Fantastic Four releases June 19th, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.

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  1. Sadley it wont rival the avengers

    • No other superhero movies will. Maybe Justice League, but nobodies is sure about that.

    • So?

      • He said he was sad about it. So obviously he is more invested in the X-Men Franchise than the Avengers one. Or he is sad for the Producers and such of the actual franchise.

        • Yes thank you. Very much more interested in xmen. Always hoped for a xmen 4 and 5 with original cast

        • Oh… Ok.


          Seriously, who cares which makes more as long as they keep making the one you like?

          Should I be sad about 5 Guys burgers because McDonalds sells more?

          • So tell me again why you’re so invested in backlashing this guy’s comment? I mean you’re really invested in this pointless point.

            • He raises a good point though.

              Who cares how much MORE or LESS money it makes. It doesn’t effect me whatsoever.

              The point is they keep making more, so obviously whatever ambiguous dollar figure that they need it hit, is getting hit.
              I tend to agree with YoureAllCrazy.

              To further their point: Batman 1989 at the time of its release, broke all sorts of box office records. Does anyone know that now? No. Does anyone care? No. The Avengers will be beaten eventually, and everyone will forget all the ‘precious’ titles it holds.

              If it’s a good movie, cheerio! Keep em coming.

            • Lol, say whaaaaaa? How is making one comment in the comment section being “so invested”?

              Stop trying to sound like the smartest guy in the room. Seriously? Making one comment is being really invested, eh?

    • xmen and spiderman, and ff are not meant to rival avengers, in reality just like the
      comic book and cartoons they belong together. only reason fox and sony are able to
      make some money is because of the marvel brand. domestically iam glad to see the
      fans finally wise up because neither xmen or spiderman had their past 100 dollar
      weekends in a 3 day period. here are the COLD facts, spiderman 2 will be
      worst grossing film in its franchise for second consecutive film. xmen
      is still behind last stand domestically. both of these predictions i got
      right in advance, unfortunately the international audience is still feeding
      these two dreadful monsters, but eventually i do believe the ff,xmen,spiderman
      will ultimately go home to the house of marvel, it may take years but
      eventually these heroes will get a continuity that does not confuse and
      honor these iconic comic book heroes.

      • Why you want that,Fox is better than Marvel, First Class and Days of Future past are better than anything Marvel/Disney has ever done.

  2. I liked it a lot. I especially enjoyed the Quicksilver scene. That tender acoustic from Jim Croce’s Time In a Bottle formed a nice contrast. Any other director would have put some high energy electronic b******* in there… Or metal…. Or some percussion thing. The rest of the soundtrack was off. If fact I think the music was the only fly in an almost otherwise perfect ointment … The score was weak. Fox may have spent oodles of money on the visuals, the FX and big name actors…. But I wish they had put a bit more into the music.

    • I loved that scene too and the song was perfect for it! I Thought the score was okay, it was nice to hear the theme from X2 again. It’s also the first time in the franchise that a composer scores a second movie, thus bringing a little musical continuity!

    • The score was done by Bryan Singer’s collaborator over the years, John Ottman, he worked with Singer on most of his projects, ever since Public Access and The Usual Suspects, along with doing the score for Singer’s films he also edits them. So even though you don’t like the score, which is an opinion you’re entitled to, it wasn’t about budget, it was because Singer likes what Ottman brings to the table.

      • The score kicked ass, actually.


    • What are you talking about? It’s the 70s. Why would any director put electronic or metal. Your over crediting Bryan Singer he. It’s the 70s, an obvious choice. not genius.

      • Unless you put in 70s metal like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, none of which would work in this kind of film anyway.

        Haven’t seen the film yet (I refuse to pay for it and I’m not that desperate to watch anyway because it doesn’t look that good) but it sounds like the brilliant Dredd film that used music slowed down 800 times to get an ethereal soundtrack during the Slo Mo scenes.

        • Dredd is not brilliant. It was actually pretty bad and the slo-mo scene in X-Men was more effective than anything in that movie.

        • I find it preposterous that someone who claims to live across the pond “refuses to pay for” a movie staring James McAvoy, Micheal Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen.

          What are you, Dazz? WHAT ARE YOU!?!? ;)

        • I’m a huge maiden fan but they weren’t around in 73. Point taken, though.

          • About the music fitting the scene, anyway. You could easily work some sabbath into the film.

        • Dredd was wait for it…dreadful. Dredd was just bad and I’d pick corny and bad 90′s Dredd over it any day. Also if you won’t watch DOFP then how would you know that 70′s metal wouldn’t work in it at some point in the movie? You may not pay for it but I think you have watched a bootleg copy somewhere online.

          • If you guys think Dredd was bad then you guys have some issues. It has become a Cult movie and was perfectly done.

    • Time In A Bottle….. that scene/music was perfect. Honestly one of the best uses I’ve seen.

    • Why?

    • No.

  3. Where is my favorite negative Nancy Disvel fanboy to tell all about domestic failures and how the international audiences are funding “one more” round of movies before the rights return to Disney?

  4. Good news and bad news.

    Good news is X-Men franchise are still strong at the box office. Bad news is with all that success, ain’t no way Fox will give the movie rights back to Marvel.

    Oh well, at least I still have my Avengers vs. X- men graphic novel to read.

    • So only good news than? The argument that Fox can’t make a good X-Men movie is now well and truly invalid. Bring on Apocalypse.

      • Did you just ignore about 70% of what Marvel boy just wrote? The bad news is that we’ll never see the Avengers vs. X-men brought to life on the big screen.

        • Studio cross-overs are still possible. If it’s good then it’s good, and you shouldn’t hope for Marvel to own them, with all the drawbacks that will come with it (i.e. wouldn’t see nearly as many X-men films as we do now) just to see them clash onscreen once or twice.

      • Just because something makes money does not mean it was great or good, it just means a lot of people paid to go see it. Justin Beiber sells a lot of records, but I would not call his music groundbreaking or great.

      • Right. I’m not particularly interested in seeing an Avengers/X-Men team up and I’m even less interested in seeing Marvel Studios take creative control over the X-Men franchise.

    • Why you want that? Fox is better than Marvel, First Class and Days of Future Past are better than anything Marvel/Disney has ever done.

  5. And rightly so, it’s the best comic book/superhero movie I’ve seen since The Dark Knight.

    Brilliant movie. The scene in the Pentagon with Quicksilver is worth the price of admission alone.

  6. It would be F***ING epic if X-MEN: APOCALYPSE opened with the classic cartoon intro!!!

    Not only is the version above amazing but it would go perfectly with Singer’s bond like x-men intros…


    • A live action classic intro? Maybe as a DVD extra but not in the movie itself.

  7. ok boneheads, its safe to make Deadpool now!!! seriously its time to remove your heads from you arses and make the movie you have teased us with for 5 years now!!!

  8. Awesome movie best in the Xmen series, but nowhere near Avengers

    • So it’s that bad then, considering Avengers wasn’t very good either?

      Oh dear…

      • Avengers has a A+ villain. To me, that all it really has on DoFP. Trask, even with Dinklage, was subpar at best. He just wasn’t that interesting at all. Other than that, I praise the story of this new X Men . The plot of the Avengers wasn’t that strong, because it felt rushed and thrown together. But I still back it up as one of the best superhero films of all time. So I’d put DoFP right behind TA in terms of gigantic superhero team up film standards. They are very close. Ones missing are the others hits.

    • Actually, for me, it blew “The Avengers” clear out of the water. While I enjoyed TAv, it was…fluffy. THIS, on the other hand, had some meat on its bones. I enjoyed it MUCH more, all the way around.

    • It was better than The Avengers

    • I wouldn’t say it was nowhere near the Avengers. It’s close in my top 5 for sure.

      1. The Avengers
      2. Dark Knight
      3. XMen DoFP
      4. Man of Steel
      4a. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

      Four of those movies have been released within the last 2 years. I’m going to keep touting the Golden Age of Comic Book Movies.

      Avengers 2, Bats V. Supes, Apocalypse coming up. I’m spoiled. :)

      • You had me until you said Man of Steel. ;)

        The other 4 totally agree. But MoS was horrible IMO. Just awful but just opinion. But DOFP was great. I thought it would do $500 million tops. To do that in 9 days is amazing! With the new timeline and with both casts now viable again the sky is the limit. Will be seeing it again with Edge of Tomorrow. Can’t wait!

  9. Does anybody think this will be the highest grossing summer movie, domestically?

    • Nope, people will probably flock to the next installment of Michael Bay’s explosive laden car commercials.

    • Transformers will probably be the biggest of the summer.

      • Just as long as ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ isn’t. Made a bet with someone

      • Are we talking domestically ? Cuz i think How To Train Your Dragon 2 will be a contender.
        Its even on SR anticipated films of 2014(alongside TRSFMRS4) there hasn’t been a good animated family since The Lego Movie. I caught a trailer in 3D over the weekend and it looked great. It was actually better than the Tranformers one.

    • the answer to your question is no xmen 5 wont be highest grossing summer movie domestically anyway, its 13 million behind last stand after ten days. internationally
      its at a steady pace to be up there worldwide.

      • Poor rod22. Now that DoFP is a smash hit, it looks like he’ll never get to see the X-Men movies turned into a series of Avengers-tie-in family comedies under the umbrella of Marvel Studios.

        • rod22 is funny.

          Always need an extremist in the bunch.

  10. Well deserved, a fantastic movie and one of the best superhero films. As long as it makes enough bank to push for further sequels, I’m happy.

  11. to 800M$ – 900M$ range?

  12. I read the title of the article and shouted “In your face Last Stand” lol.

    They should bring back the 90′s animated X-Men cartoon theme song, its simply awesome.

    • There is a brief clip of that 90s theme in the opening sequence of Days of Future Past, right after the 20th Century Fox logo!

      • Umm, no. It’s Ottmans Xmen theme, dude. Glad ya caught it at least.


  13. DoFP is one of the most fun, source material heavy (if slightly skewed thru a movie translation lens) & creatively rich, cleverly put together CBM ever. Its action set pieces are a giddy joy to see: Quicksilver, Baseball Stadium-covered White House…Beastly moments done oh so well…lots to feast the eyes.

    Every bit as inveigling is the ’70′s rich atmosphere which, for some reason, had me wrapped in a warm blanket of nostalgia. A palpable & effective tone giving it a quasi noire feel juxtaposed with the uber-dark future…all makes for a beautiful movie to look at.

    Story by itself gets 9/10 IMO; as part of the overall X-Men Universe, 8/10 at best, only because it doesn’t quite do its job cleansing franchise blemishes, but not failing altogether.

    Performances get the highest marks in DoFP. Superb, engrossing & more ensemble-centered than any previous X-Men film.

    Effects come in 2nd; only because of what we didn’t get to see that we should have: like some kind of super power struggle between Magneto & Prof. X; Beast & Mystique FIGHT!…etc

    No Havoc; I really didn’t like that he wasn’t part of the team. It would’ve locked down the feel of “yup, this is real, of course it would go down like this with all these ppl 2gether with the stakes involved”

    Score was very good; dont get all the raggin’ on it.

    I loved this film & it’s my favorite X-Men movie. 9/10.

    My fave CBM:

    Man of Steel 9.4/10
    The Avengers 9.2/10
    X-Men: DoFP 9.1/10
    The Dark Knight 9.1/10
    Watchmen 9/10

    I predict DoFP will make $700 Million worldwide, possibly up to 8…

    The only things that matters is it’s a great X-Men film & we get more, more, more!


    • Man of Steel was pretty bad, but The Dark Knight and Watchmen were great. I think DoFP might be the best Marvel-based film so far.

      • Man of Steel was very good

        • No, Man of Steel was crap. And this thread is for discussing Days of Future Past, not for Man of Steel apologists. Let’s keep it on topic.

          • No, Man of Steel was awesome. And this thread is for discussing Days of Future Past, not for Man of Steel trolls. Let’s keep it on topic.

            • LOL. Marvel! DC! Publisher wars!! GRRRR!!!. Seriously, this thread is for discussing Days of Future Past, if you feel the need to defend Man of Steel’s honor, take it the Open Discussion.

              • @Ragnar…

                As a person who doesn’t comment often I thought I would say I find your comment funny and hypocritical as you literally were bashing Marvel Studios movies on a DOFP thread.

                • Oh great, someone else who doesn’t want to discuss X-Men. The only time I mentioned Marvel Studios in this thread was regarding the possibility of Marvel Studios acquiring the X-Men franchise. Last time I checked, that was on topic.

      • I get it; for you MoS was garbage.

        For me, it’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, I love it & its allegory of juxtaposing feeling hopelessly banished with having near limitless power seething within you, delivered in a way that speaks to pain & horror without resorting to a steady stream of jokes, is the kind of experience I usually get in a completely different type of film. SO to get that in a film about my fave superhero left me flabbergasted.
        And filled with hope (And no you can’t ask why cuz some things are too personal…)

        Then there’s the sickest action that’s ever been in a film, period. Maybe Avengers: AOU might beat it, but then a year later AOU will see its final Dawn of Justice!


        lol ;-)

  14. it has made a Ton of money already because is in 3D, People Overseas Love 3D and it would’ve made even more money if it were also in IMAX 3D…

    • Maybe that is because overseas the extra charge for 3D is very less. For example, here in India, Extra price for 3d is just 30 rupees, which is like 1/2 of a dollar. So, people don’t mind paying that little extra cost.

  15. Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. Already seen it twice. I think Bryan Singer and his team did a hell of a job. Not sure how I feel yet in terms of how it compares to Avengers, but I know the actual acting performances were way better in DoFP. I can see why people are calling Avengers “fluffy” and I may have to side with them. Not that it makes me love the movie any less. X-Men just had more edge.

    • Well, in terms of powers being used in a combat sequence, it made the Avengers look stupid, actually. DOFP did look way too cg in spots though, and had some really clunky exposition early on.

      Acting wise, it isn’t even close, DOFP has stellar performances from Fassbender and McAvoy, and Hugh and Jenn were both solid as always. Everybody else in the movie didn’t have a chance in the time allotted to really do anything with. Peter Dinklage didn’t get to show off his chops at ALL.

      The Avengers was 10 times funnier, and DOFP was way more bleak and serious overall.

      I like both films a lot, but DOFP surprised me much more. I had given up on this franchise completely. I hadn’t liked one since X2, and First Class was a miss, despite me liking Fassbender and McAvoy.


  16. I honestly think the only reason this made money is the marketing camaping which from a marketing standpoint was pretty smart. One of the best ive seen for any movie. Sadly none of it really seemed to resonate in the actual movie, only mentioned. I saw the movie and honestly except for a couple scense that were more humorous than flat out cool it was completely boring. The 70′s sentinels looked more like Dyson Vaccum cleaners and the future ones… Yawn. The action was so so and MR Bone claws who is always the star of the movie really didnt do much via his character. Where was the “Classic Xmen fighting the Sentinels” that we were all wanting to see??? The 70′s sentinels did almost absolutley nothing and not one of them resembled what they are supposed to. I get how a bunch of teenagers who know or care nothing about xmen might enjoy this or anyone who could doesnt konw the source material. I know by now that FOX is a total let down with these as far as pleasing the “fans” and they always will be, so i went into this with Zero expectations on source material refference. I heard alot fo critics gave it rave reviews so i thought if nothihg else its maybe juat a good summer movie ie: 2007′s Transformers. As i said, with the exception of a couple scense i thought it was a total snooze fest and a little over the top with Charles speaking through everyone on more than one occasion. I even brought a friend who konws nothing and cares nothing about xmen comics and he gave it a 5 outta 10. Singer has once again proven to me that he can make not only one good movie but 2 of them infact, Usual Suspects and X-2. Just not this one. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    • I will say on a good note that the acting was great, as there is a lot of talent and i agree with the others not getting a chance to shine, how could they? there was no time for them. The real stars of the movie were great and though i have huge respect for Jackman, I hate his wolverine. Stop letting Fox brainwash you and actually think about wolverine in the comics, and cartoons. Who he is, Jackman only represents a shadow of that. Maybe its not his fault, after all… actors are directed in certain ways and the story goes as written, or lol where the studio thinks it should go. Jackman is an amazing actor as well as the rest, FOx just never hits it with these movies though, i mean come on, last years WOlverine?… he didnt even fight the ninjas!!!!! Nuff Said

    • Maybe, DoFP made money because it was a really good, well made film.

      No, actually, that IS the reason.

      • Explain how its a great well made film???

        • 009…

          The acting was top-notch. The special effects and set pieces were beautifully done. The settings were well thought out. The story was intriguing. The humor (when present) was brilliant. PERSONALLY, I enjoyed the music throughout, BUT especially in certain instances/scenes. The thematic elements and drama were delivered with appropriate and engaging gravitas. The characters important to the progression of the story were allowed to show their strengths as characters. Even minor characters had at least some highlighting…if not in naming them, then in acting towards the movement of the story in their own small, yet interesting (whether visually and/or verbally) ways. The film was, simply put, fun to watch.

          Anything else you need spelled out for you? Just ask. ;)

          • Cudos on the Condesending attitude. Its clearly obvious your very very in love with this. Tell me, do you have time to pull Fox’s Large memeber out of your mouth to highlight the CONS of this movie. Every film has some and if you going to come back and tell me that this film is perfect than you clearly have a bias attitude while your in infatuation land and your opinion should therfore be VOID. Ive given some good points to the show such as the good acting. So tell me, the bad in your “humble” opinion.

            • 009…

              Kudos on having no better comeback than a middle school boy’s pen!s joke. As for the cons, sure, I would have appreciated more from the minor characters. The time-travelling could been a bit more polished, and I would have, perhaps, differentiated a little more between “old” and “young” Wolverine in ’73 (though, regarding that, Jackman WAS playing a character who is indeed known for being stubbornly consistent). There were several other minor quibbles, BUT the film as a whole (and specifically highlighting the components I mentioned in my above response) was still so beautifully put together and shown that I, again, found it to be the BEST Marvel film, to date.

              Oh, and if you are going to void my opinion because of my obvious love for the film, then, logically, you must void YOUR OWN as well, given your obvious dislike of the film…or are you not bright enough to see that your argument applies in BOTH directions?

              Any OTHER “clever” points you wish to make?

    • Counter-point — Completely deserving of the hype it’s received…and more.