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Box office report: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' electrifies with an $111 million four-day weekend

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The mutants might be fighting for their lives in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but everything is smooth-sailing for the explosive, star-studded saga at the box office.

Professor X (old and young) and his friends helped usher in a mighty $111 million domestically for X-Men’s first four days in theaters. It now ranks fifth among the top Memorial Day weekend openings of all time, behind last year’s Fast & Furious 6 ($117 million) and 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.9 million). The $200 million pic also opened day and date in most major markets internationally to a cool $171.1 million. Technically the seventh installment in the long-running franchise, this super debut bodes well for X-Men: Apocalypse, set to open on the same spot on the calendar in 2016.

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Box office preview: Will 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' hit a $100 million opening?

Memorial Day weekend means big things at the box office, and what better movie to flex its muscles for such a high-profile debut than Fox’s star-studded X-Men: Days of Future Past?

The seventh movie in the long-running franchise brings the original characters together with their “younger” selves from 2011′s X-Men: First Class. Though it’s the third comic book film to open this year, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it could prove the biggest opening yet. But, as far as Memorial Day records go, it may only crack the top five. The biggest is 2007′s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which made an enormous $139.8 million. X-Men: The Last Stand is the third biggest Memorial Day weekend opening of all time with $122.8 million, but tracking indicates that this latest installment won’t quite reach those heights.

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s comedy Blended also opens wide this weekend, providing some alternative programming to the superhero/monster fare and the comfort of a reliable comedic pairing.

Here’s how things might play out:

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'Blended' trailer: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite in Africa

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In their latest collaboration, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are going on yet another first date. However, this one doesn’t go as well as the last 50.

Blended follows single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) through their horrific first date. But after they part ways, through a number of circumstances, they both find themselves — and their kids — on vacation in Africa. Stuck on a “romantic” getaway, the two families fight their way through safaris, dances, and candlelit dinners.

Watch the trailer for the comedy below:
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Casting Net: De Niro to play a cop in 'Candy Store'; Plus, Benjamin Bratt replaces Pacino, more

• Since his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, Robert De Niro has been on a bit of a career upswing. He’s set to star in Syriana-director Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store about an undercover agent-turned-Brooklyn cop and the seedy underworld that he and his partners uncover. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) also star. De Niro is currently filming David O. Russell’s American Hustle. [Variety]

• Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) will jump in to voice the villain in Despicable Me 2. Al Pacino had been cast in the role and had already voiced a number of scenes, but dropped out very recently due to creative differences. Bratt is no stranger to animated work and can be heard in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 as well. Despicable Me 2 is scheduled for a July 3 release, and features the voice talents of Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Steve Coogan. [Deadline]

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