X-Men: Days of Future Past smashed Godzilla's week old, highest opening figure ($6.7m) this week with a stunning $8.3m. The X-Men brand has had an uphill battle of sorts, since leading the way for comic book adaptations all the way back in 2000. Since then they're tried prequels and spinoffs but have never matched the appeal of the original team, First Class being a form of exception, as it was the first critical and fan success since X2: X-Men United back in 2003. The pairing of the original X-Men and First Class cast has paid dividends, with fans turning out in droves to see the complete X-Men team back in action.
Godzilla took a big hit dropping into second with $2.4m ($10.8m total), it should close somewhere in the neighbourhood of $22m. Bad Neighbours, eased down into third with $1.8m ($14.6m total). With A Million Ways to Die in the West opening this week, expect Bad Neighbours to start to drop off fairly fast.
The Other Woman somehow pulled itself out of sixth position and back into fourth with $0.6m ($19.5m total), the romcom must have been the only available counter-programming to guy heavy films like X-Men, Godzilla and Bad Neighbours. The Grand Budapest Hotel also bounced back out of seventh to take fifth with $0.3m ($11.1m total) in its seventh week of release.
Around the World
X-Men: Days of Future Past confidently opened to number one in the U.S with $90.7m ($261.8m worldwide) this weekend, that's lower than X-Men: The Last Stand's $102m opening in 2006. Adjust for ticket inflation and the addition of large format screens and 3D and attendance is down too. But with much more favourable reviews than The Last Stand (Days of Future Past is 91% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing) and a much bigger global audience, there's every chance Days of Future Past matches Last Stands $230m domestic take, but beats it's worldwide $459m figure by a wide margin.
Godzilla stumbled backwards a bit with $31.4m ($315m worldwide), that's a pretty steep drop from last week's $93m opening but should still see it just squeeze past the $200m domestic mark and $600m worldwide. Godzilla is still yet to open in China and Japan, and those two countries are huge variables in its worldwide takings.
Nobody cared about the Adam Sandler movie, Blended. It debuted to $14m in its opening weekend, which might be good enough for a final tally around the $50m mark. Adam Sandler's brand has been taking a beating in the last few years (Jack and Jill anyone?), and Sandler has had 14 movies clear the $100m mark at the U.S box office over his career. But the free ride appears to be unravelling fast, (Blended has 15% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing).
Neighbours is in fourth with $13.9m ($181m worldwide) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro rounds out the top five with $7.8m ($673m worldwide).
Australian Box Office
|1||X-Men: Days of Future Past||$8.3m|
|4||The Other Woman||$0.6m|
|5||The Grand Budapest Hotel||$0.3m|
U.S Box Office
|1||X-Men: Days of Future Past||$90.7m|
|5||The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro||$7.8m|