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Box office report: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' opens with $36 million on Friday

In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the U.S. government is terrified that mutants might one day take over. And that’s exactly what they did on Friday, earning an estimated $36 million on the film’s first day in theaters. That debut makes it the third-highest movie opening of the year. (Last weekend, Godzilla crushed the competition with $38.5 million, while Marvel flick Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in a cool $36.9 million in April.)

Starring veteran mutants Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellan, and X-Men: First Class alums James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence, the Bryan Singer-directed time-travel movie was the seventh X-Men film to date — and the most expensive, costing 20th Century Fox an estimated $200 million. EW’s Chris Nashawaty gave it a B+, saying: “Singer’s return in the pretzel-logic pop fantasia X-Men: Days of Future Past is so triumphant because of how effortless he makes connecting the dots seem. It’s an epic that couldn’t be more Byzantine on paper but scans with ease on-screen.” With its opening day gross across nearly 4,000 U.S. theaters, X-Men: Days of Future Past looks to be a bonafide summer blockbuster that will likely  continue to dominate over the four-day holiday weekend. READ FULL STORY

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.

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Box office report: 'Godzilla' demolishes the competition with $93.2 million weekend

Get ready for lots of monster puns and destruction jokes: Godzilla had a clear path to box office domination this weekend. After setting a new record for best opening day on Friday with $38.5 million, the King of the Monsters handily won the weekend with an estimated $93.2 million.

The reported $160 million film — directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, and a couple of MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) — got a B+ Cinema Score, though critical reception has been decidedly mixed (EW’s Chris Nashawaty gave it a B-; you can read his review here). IMAX grosses were responsible for $14.1 million of Godzilla‘s total haul, which means when people want to see giant lizard-y monsters wreck a city, they want to see it big. (Side note: Another peripheral winner thanks to Godzilla? New York City, which — for once — is not the scene for urban destruction. Thanks for taking your turn, San Francisco!)

Coming in second place is the frat-tastic Neighbors, which — even with a 47 percent dip for its second weekend — grossed $26 million this weekend, bringing its total to $91.53 million (not to mention the $54.8 million overseas, bringing its global total to $146.3 million). Not bad for an R-rated comedy with an estimated $18 million budget. The movie — starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, and Dave Franco — has now officially bypassed other recent comedies such as 21 Jump Street and The Heat. To-ga! READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Godzilla' sets 2014 record after $38.5 million rampage on Friday

The King of the Monsters took the box office crown on Friday. Godzilla, starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and a few enormous radioactive monsters, earned an estimated $38.5 million in theaters on its first day in theaters — the best opening day yet for 2014. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened with $36.9 million last month, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took in $35.2 on its first day two weeks ago.) That puts the film on track for an opening-weekend total around $97 million. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), Godzilla reportedly cost $160 million — an amount it should easily make back in the coming weeks. The last U.S.-made Godzilla movie was Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version, a notorious misfire that cost $130 million and grossed just $136.3 million domestically. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Godzilla' fights for No. 1

The King of the Monsters prepares to be the King of the Box Office, as Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla stomps into theaters this weekend.

As one of cinema’s most beloved icons, this new take from indie director Gareth Edwards promises a terrifying origin story for the ancient beast and a drama about one particularly unlucky family. Sixteen years after Sony and Roland Emmerich’s botched attempt to kick off an exciting Godzilla franchise, it remains to be seen whether audiences are interested in the atomic-breathed monster and how well it might stand up to the army of summer superheroes.

Disney’s PG-rated sports drama Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm, also opens wide this weekend. Though it won’t be competing for the top spot — or anywhere close to that — it will be interesting to see whether a sincere, and somewhat sugary, sports pic will appeal to audiences in the long term as 42 managed to do last spring.

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Box office report: 'Neighbors' beats 'Spider-Man 2' with $51 million haul

New film Neighbors (Cinema Score: B) easily won the domestic box office battle this weekend. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron’s frat comedy earned an estimated $51.1 million, making for a global total of $85 million so far. Last week’s No. 1 movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, fell to second place, with a weekend gross of $37.2 million for a cumulative domestic gross of $147.9 million and a worldwide gross of $550 million. The Other Woman, meanwhile, raked in $9.2 million for a domestic total of $61.7 million.

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Box office report: 'Neighbors' evicts 'Spider-Man 2' from top spot

SUNDAY UPDATE: Neighbors is No. 1 movie at the weekend box office with an estimated $51.1 million.

ORIGINAL POST: As kryptonite is to Superman, so a kegger is to Spider-Man. That seems to be the lesson of this weekend’s box office, anyway.

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s new frat comedy Neighbors drank in an estimated $19.6 million at the box office on Friday, almost twice as much as the $10.1m which was caught in the web of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony is projecting its superhero sequel will gross $37 million for the weekend, which would give it a cumulative domestic take of $147m by the end of Sunday.

Meanwhile, The Other Woman continued to show legs in its third week of release, earning $2.8 million for a total gross of $55.2 million.
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Box office preview: 'Neighbors' moves in on 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

The frat boys are moving in to challenge our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man for the No. 1 spot as Universal rolls out Neighbors this weekend. Starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, the highly anticipated comedy has a chance of outearning The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which can expect a steep drop in its second weekend in theaters.

The animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and the wholesome Moms’ Night Out also open wide this weekend, in addition to a slew of interesting limited releases including Chef, The Double, Palo Alto, and God’s Pocket.

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Box office update: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' spins a $35.5 million Friday

Peter Parker may have to reckon with an army of villains in his latest adventure, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a little luckier than that at the theaters. The super sequel, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, has zero opening weekend competition and flexed its muscles appropriately with a mighty $35.5 million Friday from 4,324 locations. That’s an $8,210 per screen average.

Sony’s Spidey earned $8.7 million from late Thursday showings (included in the $35.5 million total), putting it right in between Disney/Marvel’s recent sequels Thor: The Dark World ($7.1 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s ($10.2 million). Despite mixed reviews, the PG-13 rated film played well with audiences who turned out for late Thursday and Friday showings, earning an A- Cinema Score from the under 25 crowd and a B+ overall. The critical and audience discrepancy is not uncommon for a massive super hero movie like this though — especially among those inclined to flock to the theater opening day.

Analysts are predicting an overall weekend take of $92-$97 million, though there is some hope that it could manage to break the $100 million mark. Both scenarios would be good news for Sony and their plans to create a universe of films focused on Spider-Man’s enemies, including the Sinister Six. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' kicks off super summer blockbuster season

Summer blockbuster season is upon us, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the first to swing out of the gates as Sony debuts its follow-up to their 2012 franchise reboot in 4,324 theaters. Peter Parker and his army of villains have the skies to themselves this weekend too. No one dared attempt open against the comic book juggernaut (and soon to be mega-franchise). But the bar is still high thanks to the record-breaking successes of Sam Raimi’s first three (which made over $1 billion domestically) and the lower but still incredibly high-grossing Amazing Spider-Man ($262 million domestic).

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