Uniting the casts from the original film trilogy and the First Class reboot, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is about to land one of the biggest openings of the year.
If you think about it, “X-Men” was the launching pad for the modern era of superhero movies. The original movie arrived in Summer 2000, and surprised fans and critics was earning almost $300 million worldwide.
Two sequels followed, one which was great, and the other… never mind, we’ll skip that one. In 2009 Wolverine’s first solo film disappointed everyone and their mother, so a course correction was needed. Enter 2011 “X-Men: First Class.”
First Class rebooted the series, and restored some shine to the once mighty franchise. And last year’s “The Wolverine” was an improvement over the 2099 disaster. However, First Class and ” The Wolverine” are also the series’ lowest-grossing outings with $146.4 million and $132.6 million, respectively. This means “”X-Men: Days of Future Past” has its work cut out for it.
But Days of Future past does have a few things going for it that First Class and “The Wolverine” did not:
As I sai d earlier, the new film unites the popular cast of the original films with the hot up and coming brood from First Class. Also, in the three years since First Class hit screens, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender”s stars have risen dramatically.
Furthermore, the reviews for Future Past have been solid so far. As of Friday morning the film has an impressive 92% of Rotten Tomatoes. And if that wasn’t enough, Days of Future Past brings back the director of the first two X-Men films, Bryan Singer.
With all that in mind, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” should have a blockbuster debut this weekend. The film is opening in 3,996 theatres, and Fox is predicting $95 to $100 million for the four-day holiday, but I think they’re being conservative. I believe “X-Men: Days of Future Past” could be looking at a $110 million opening.
Opening at 3,555 locations, the comedy “Blended” reunites Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who previously appeared together in “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.” I think it’s safe to say both stars need this movie to perform well.
Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” and “That’s My Boy” both underperformed, and “Grown Ups 2” earned less than its predecessor. As for Drew Barrymore, I can’t name anything she’s done in years. Except for that rom-com with Hugh Grant which I was dragged to by a friend who happened to be a girl.
Anywho, “Blended” is probably looking at a third or fourth place finish of around $20 million.