It was another busy extended Memorial Day weekend at the box office as two movies competed for moviegoers' bucks against the strong returning movies, but it wasn't much of a contest as Bryan Singer's return to the "X-Men" franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past (20th Century Fox), starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Ellen Page definitively won the weekend with a four-day estimate of $111 million in 3,996 theaters.
With a per-theater average of just under $28,000 per venue, "Days of Future Past" claims the fifth-highest opening Memorial Day weekend, although it grossed roughly $12 million less than X-Men: The Last Stand did over Memorial Day in 2006.
Putting that into perspective, one also has to consider that with higher ticket prices including premiums like 3D, "Days of Future Past" had a smaller attendance than the previous installment, and its three-day take of $91.4 million puts it behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in terms of 2014 opening weekends, despite the benefits of a holiday weekend.
The anticipated superhero movie sequel also opened day-and-date in 119 international territories on Friday bringing in enough money overseas for a global opening weekend of $302 million, officially making it the biggest opening for any movie in Fox's "X-Men" franchise.
Legendary Pictures' monster movie Godzilla (Warner Bros.) took a dive in its second weekend, dropping 66% from its opening weekend with its $31.4 million three-day gross and $39.4 million including Monday. $6 million of that amount was grossed from its 352 IMAX screens, and so far it's grossed $157 million domestically in eleven days. Overseas and as of Sunday, Godzilla has grossed an additional $167 million, bringing its global total to $323.4 million.
Sony Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped to fifth place with another $10 million over the four-day weekend, its domestic gross of $187 million being way behind the $241 million grossed by the previous installment in its first four weeks. Overseas, Sony's superhero franchise is doing far better business, having grossed $489 million through Sunday to bring its worldwide total to $676 million.
You can check out the full box office report for the Memorial Day weekend over on ComingSoon.net.