‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Box Office Can’t Beat ‘X3′ Domestically; Sets Worldwide Record

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X-Men: Days of Future Past represents the third major Marvel movie release at theaters in less than two months, following in the footsteps of the $90 million+ domestic opening weekends of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel Studios) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony Pictures). While some estimates had the time-travel X-Men team-up and most expensive superhero movie ever breaking $100 million in its opening weekend domestically, and hitting $125 million or more over its four-day Memorial Day weekend haul, it didn’t meet the mark.

The estimated three-day domestic haul for X-Men: Days of Future Past sits currently at $90.7 million, just under last weekend’s Godzilla (Warner Bros. and Legendary) which earned $93,188,384 in its opening. Compared to the other Marvel flicks of the year, DOFP falls a tad short of Cap 2′s $95,023,721 and Spidey 2′s $91,608,337 as well, despite its glowing reviews and positive buzz from fans.

While domestically, the X-Men aren’t setting any records, its worldwide appeal is notably improved and X-Men: Days of Future Past does represent the biggest worldwide opening for the franchise with an estimated $261.8 million. Much of this is thanks to the 3D premium bonus, first taken advantage of by The Wolverine last year.

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By comparison domestically, X-Men: Days of Future Past falls short of 2006′s poorly reviewed X-Men: The Last Stand which earned $102,750,665 in its opening without 3D ticket boosts. That may just go to show how much of a negative impact The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine had on the fanbase and franchise momentum, to see the successors still trying to catch up (domestically).

For Fox, who spent an unbelievable amount of money on making the ambitious X-Men: Days of Future Past a reality, the investment is paying off and at its current rate, the latest franchise installment should see the largest box office take for any franchise installment to date. Better yet, it did so while winning back both fans and critics, building off the improvements of James Mangold’s The Wolverine.

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With a series of followsup and spinoffs already announced and/or in development, this was especially crucial for the X-Men to compete in the current competitive state of the genre with at least four big budget Marvel/DC films coming every year for the foreseeable future. For Fox, Fantastic Four is set to be relaunched next year in a feature directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and in 2016, the next X-Men film in X-Men: Apocalypse which picks up in the ’80s, a decade after the events of Days of Future Past. There are also sequels for The Wolverine and Fantastic Four already with 2017 release dates, and another unannounced X-movie for 2018, with talk of additional spinoffs for characters including Deadpool and Gambit.

Did you see X-Men: DOFP in theaters this weekend? Share your thoughts and hopes for the future in the comments!

Read our X-Men: Days of Future Past review, join the spoilers discussion and check out our podcast episode on all things X-Men.


More: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Even 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 arrives in U.S. theaters on May 23rd, 2014, followed by Fantastic Four on 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. I’m guessing they were disappointed they couldn’t beat the US opening of Last Stand and that’s even despite the increased ticket prices over the last 8 years. With all the good reviews, maybe it will continue to do good business domestically longer than the past films. Wondering where they head from here though. They had these big reboot plans with the First Class and semi-scrapped those with merging the original cast in this one and now plans to bring original cast members into the next one.

  2. The reason these openings are lower are due to a more diluted superhero genre. It used to be more or less only Spiderman and X-Men when the two franchises were at an all time high. Now these franchises have to compete with a bunch of other franchises. Batman defied all superhero movies by being a darker, grittier movie that movies have to be nowadays (campyness is not allowed in any movie without being ridicules). Avengers is a combination of a few of these franchises. So I think 90M is going to be thr norm now for the regular superhero movies that aren’t Avengers or Batman related (although BvS is going to underwhelm if it sucks, what with all the negative hype so far).

  3. Why people care more about the domestic than the wordwide? I mean…damn, 302 million on a weekend is more than a half of the others movies of the franchise total gross.

  4. None of these people ever mention the fact that some of us fans are disgusted with where they’ve taken the series. I’m tired of the whole Magneto and Charles relationship. I’m even tired of the actors (and I personally really like Patrick Steward). I’m sick to Death of Wolverine with Fox’s it’s “The Wolverine Show with Guest Stars….The X-Men” mentality. The film is only back in the good graces with maybe a little more than half of the fans. It’s only the die hard fan boys (and girls that seem to love it”. When they get back to the original core members of the Xmen, and show they’re beginning properly (and cut back on the ademantium)then I may get on board. Cyclops is the leader with an Epic Optic Blast so powerful it should rival even the Phoenix in pure power. A cross between Batman’s Dick Grayson and Michael of the first La Femme Nikita TV show. Cyclops should have Grayson’s good looks (he does get both Jean Grey n’ Emma Frost…yeah Baby!) and big brother personality. And he has Michael’s leadership skills. Wolverine on the other hand is not the leader as he is supposed to be a soldier. Then there is Jean (before Phoenix),Beast (before he turning blue), Iceman (played by anyone but Ashmore), and of course Angel (before he became Archangel). Angel’s storyline could be so awesome. From the Archangel storyline to flying. Just look at the way they did the flight sequences in “Maleficent”. But no…some fans are happy with the crap that Fox has been serving. So it’s probably never to be. And that’s because Fox is stupid. Just look at what they are doing to the re-boot of of the Fantastic 4. Since X2, I have not spent a dime on Fox’s X-Men. Prior to that, I bought the DVD’s and Special Extended DVD’s. As well as all kinds of Merchandise. Never thought I’d see the day when Captain America would rule over the X-Men, but it happened this year! Winter Soldier ruled the comic book box office this year! It ruled because Marvel was not Stupid Like Fox.

  5. *Please excuse any spelling errors and my insistant rambling on. I’m working on very little sleep at the moment.

  6. Zb tried to touch me last weekend, him and hologram michael jackson assaulted me