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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' takes in $8.1 million with early showings

Super time for superheroes.
Super time for superheroes.
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"X-Men: Days of Future Past" soared to a solid $8.1 million on the heels of those early showings Thursdays. The weekend numbers will be all over the map since it is a holiday.

Meanwhile, "Godzilla" is still roaring but "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens and will beat the beast as blockbusters continue to storm the box office.

"Godzilla" will take a huge hit this weekend after beating expectations, but that was last weekend. Word-of-mouth and the popularity of the film will continue, but it is normal for a movie that wins by such a wide margin to take a big dip in its second weekend. However, it will still finish in second, behind "X-Men."

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" takes the heroes back in time. On that note, one of the usual plot lines for those is that one can change what happens in the past in order to change the future. Perhaps changing it for survival is different. The cast is loaded with talent and includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman. It is a sure bet and sometimes just having fun watching a movie is enough.

"Blended," on the other hand, is more of the same from Adam Sandler. That doesn't seem to matter here. Even during his interview with Jimmy Kimmel recently (5/21/14), he noted how he now makes films that can take him on an adventure. Here, that would be Africa. Sandler reunites with Drew Barrymore, and at times, seems to take the audience for granted.

Now, a long Memorial weekend is upon the United States, which always makes for interesting tracking. But, it also brings about confusion. A three-day champ, a four-day winner, and all the rest gets into the mix.

Meanwhile, those that open Thursday can also add to that confusion. This report will track it all, so check back often. "X-Men" could hit $100 million for the weekend, but because there is that extra day, it is unfair to compare it to those recent blockbusters that tracked in the $90-95 million for the three-day (plus Thursday). Now, if "X-Men" is tracking that $100 million for the same period, then compare.

Just a head's up. Even though a Thursday number gets tracked, those actual totals get added to Friday. Now that can be confusing, so turn off the lights and watch a movie. Plus, one item that is always a sticking pint and needs to be hashed out more.

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