The milestone was reached thanks to Bryan Singer’s summer tentpole “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which is on the verge of becoming the top-grossing film of the year to date.
By Pamela McClintock
Fox and Marvel’s X-Men franchise has become a $3 billion baby.
The latest outing in the superhero franchise, Bryan Singer 's X-Men: Days of Future Past , hit $702.2 million in global ticket sales on Tuesday, pushing the combined total gross of the seven films to $3.003 billion.
Internationally, the franchise total is $1.7 billion, while the domestic cume is $1.3 billion.
Days of Future Past, combining the casts of the the first X-Men installments and X-Men: First Class, has quickly become the top-grossing title in the series. It’s also on the verge of becoming the top-grossing film of the year to date, eclipsing the $703.2 million earned by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the $710.7 grossed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The movie’s cast is led by Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.
Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films returned to direct Days of Future Past. He produced the $200 million-plus tentpole alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, screenwriter Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker.
The previous best was X-Men: The Last Stand, which earned $457.4 million worldwide.
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