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May 27, 2014

'X-Men' dominates holiday box office with $91M

LOS ANGELES — A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday.

Fox-Marvel’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” debuted with $91 million beating last weekend’s No. 1 hit, the Warner Bros. sci-fi adventure “Godzilla,” which earned $31.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“Days of Future Past” is estimated to earn nearly $110 million over the four-day extended holiday weekend, which would make it the fifth-highest Memorial Day opener just after last year’s $117 million-grossing “Fast & Furious 6.” ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” holds as the highest Memorial holiday debut ever with $140 million in 2007.

It appears the attention “Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer has received lately due a sexual assault lawsuit didn’t deter fans from flocking to the theater. The director dropped out of doing any press for the film following the allegations because he didn’t want to divert attention from the movie.

“Rarely do outside situations impact the box office,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “The true fans, all they care about is the movie.”

“Days of Future Past” is the second-highest opener in the “X-Men” franchise after Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” debuted over Memorial Day weekend with $123 million in 2006.

The film brings together a massive star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage and Ellen Page.

Globally, “Days of Future Past” opened No. 1 in 119 countries with $262 million, the highest grossing opening weekend worldwide of the “X-Men” franchise and the biggest Fox International opening weekend ever.

“This is a franchise that started back in 2000, which predated the first ‘Spider-Man’ movie by two years so ‘X-Men’ started the renaissance in the world of big superhero movies,” Dergarabedian said.

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