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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' owns the holiday weekend

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" soars
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" soars
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

A Memorial Day holiday means more box office talk as Monday plays out. It looks like "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will dominate the long holiday as both the three-day and four-day totals are tabulated.

"X-Men" took over in fine fashion from last week's winner, "Godzilla," but did not beat that film's three-day total (see below). "X-Men" took in $111 million over the long four-day weekend. Meanwhile, "Godzilla" is comfortable in second with a four-day total of $39.4 million. The other wide release, "Blended" made $18.2 million over that same period.

Even the updated numbers for the three-day total of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" did not beat the openings for both "Captain American" and "Godzilla." Still, it was big. Those adjusted numbers for the three-day are now $91.4 million. It is the second best "X-Men" opening behind "The Last Stand" at $102.7 million.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" rolled past "Godzilla" but it wasn't in record fashion for a three-day total, or seemed to be surrounded by the buzz the beast generated during its win. At least that was the feel as the weekend progressed.

The $91.4 million was under the three-day weekend total of both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Godzilla," but still a huge opening for the time-traveling film. "Captain" opened with $95 million while "Godzilla" took in $93 million.

Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique/Raven) is back in the 1970s again, after "American Hustle." She drives "X-Men" and turns it into more box office gold. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is prominently featured, but really takes a back seat to Lawrence, Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr/Magnet), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier/Professor) and Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask). They are all in command when on screen.

But, is there an underbelly of superhero fatigue out there? One would think the latest "X-Men" could, or should have, easily out-paced "Godzilla" and really fought "Captain America" as the biggest opener of the year so far. While audiences and critics like it, the buzz was not that of "Godzilla." Not only before the film, but after it opened that Thursday. But the buzz could have hurt "Godzilla" the second weekend.

One thing "Godzilla" had that "X-Men" did not was the older crowd. Fans of the beast movies of the past pushed it a bit higher than "X-Men," no doubt. The "X-Men" crowd, noted Box Office Mojo, was 56 percent male and 59 percent over the age of 25. The first weekend for "Godzilla" saw the audience that was 58 percent male. Of that, 60 percent were 25 years of age or older. No word on those who were around for those original movies and went out of curiosity. Or the grandparents who brought their grand kids for the same reason.

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