BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: ‘X-Men’ Expected $100M Memorial Day Weekend; ‘Blended’ Pairs Sandler, Barrymore … Again

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is going to be the Memorial Day box office mutant king with a huge $100M expected opening for 20th Century Fox over the four-day weekend. It’s debuting tonight to fanboys on about 2,700 theaters starting at 10 PM. In comparison, Godzilla bowed last weekend on a similar number of theaters but starting at 7 PM and stomped through with $9.3M.

The other difference between the two is that X-Men is not going to bow on IMAX; it will be on 352 large format screens which will come from Cinemark, Regal, AMC, Carmike and Cineplex Canada. Although not having the franchise play on IMAX usually shaves a bit off the top, the Cinemark PLF on 96 runs did 26% of the PLF gross last weekend, while 53 runs in Cineplex Canada did roughly 23.7% of the $93.1M Godzilla business for Warner Bros./Legendary Pics. Meanwhile, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is, not surprisingly, accounting for 90% of Fandango’s Memorial Day weekend ticket sales and they say, besting its own previous incarnation of the franchise, that of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which went onto gross $102.7M over the three-day and $122.8M over the four-day weekend. This marks the return of Bryan Singer to the franchise who last directed X-Men 2 in 2003.

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