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Memorial weekend box office: 'X-Men' casts collide with huge results

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This Memorial Day weekend was a huge one for Marvel comics and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, which came very close to taking over the title of biggest opening weekend of 2014. Over the four day holiday weekend, the latest installment of the “X-Men” franchise grossed an estimated $111 million, but $91 million for just Friday-Sunday. That’s not as high a debut as “X-Men: The Last Stand”, the third movie in the series, but it is still an improvement, especially considering that the Wolverine stand-alone movies haven’t done great at the box office recently. “Days of Future Past” combines the cast of the original “X-Men” trilogy with the new one of the more recent “First Class”, which was likely a huge attraction for fans of both series.

“X-Men”’s only other competition this weekend was “Blended”, a romantic comedy that reunites Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore for the third time, and the first time in many years. On any other weekend it probably would have had more success, but the third time was not the charm for these two. The movie opened in third with only $18.1 million over the four day weekend. Last weekend’s number one movie, “Godzilla”, however, still performed very well, coming in second with $39.4.

Meanwhile, the historical drama “Belle” expanded to more theaters nationwide this weekend, boosting the movie into twelfth with $2.1 million. Jon Favreau’s “Chef” also opened in more theaters, which gave that movie a huge boost up to ninth place with $2.9 million.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. The following list reflects the four day weekend estimates; for the three day weekend numbers, click here. Click the links below to read my full review of each film.

1. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”: $111 million

2. “Godzilla”: $39.4 million

3. “Blended”: $18.1 million

4. “Neighbors”: $17.2 million

5. “The Amazing Spider-man 2”: $10 million

6. “Million Dollar Arm”: $8.7 million

7. “The Other Woman”: $4.5 million

8. “Rio 2”: $3.2 million

9. “Chef”: $2.9 million

10. “Heaven is for Real”: $2.7 million

11. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”: $2.14 million

12. “Belle”: $2.1 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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