'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Climbs to $302 Million Worldwide
X-Men: Days of Future Past will gross $111 million by the end of the four-day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates distributed early Monday. Factoring in overseas grosses, Bryan Singer's film has topped $300 million worldwide in its first few days.
That is the biggest opening of any movie in the X-Men franchise, and it kicks off what should be a stellar summer for its distributor, Fox.
The studio already scored two hits in April — Rio 2 and The Other Woman. While the former has grossed just $122 million in the United States, it has surpassed $400 million worldwide thanks to its massive popularity overseas.
The Other Woman, a romantic comedy that received middling reviews, has been a big hit thanks to a dearth of movies that appeal to women. With $4.5 million in projected grosses this weekend, the $40 million movie has banked $78 million in the United States – and $164 million worldwide.
This is but a sign of what's to come for the studio, whose next release is The Fault in Our Stars, a teen drama that has rival studios in awe. Based on a book by best-selling author and vlogger John Green, the movie boasts a massive following online and a movie star-in-training in Shailene Woodley.
Its social mentions rival those of fellow blockbusters X-Men, 22 Jump Street and Maleficent – not bad for a movie that cost $12 million to produce.
It remains to be seen whether this massive social buzz will translate into tickets sold, but advanced tracking projects an opening of more than $30 million. Fox is underselling the numbers, as all studios tend to do in advance of a release.
Fox's next release will be How to Train Your Dragon 2, as sure a hit as there is this summer. Though the bulk of the grosses will go to DreamWorks Animation, Fox will also benefit from the biggest animated film of the season.