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NORTH AMERICA: 'Godzilla' Stomps Past $110 Million in 6 Days on May 22, 2014

may16.pngWarner Bros. reports that Godzilla claimed another $4.96 million on Wednesday, off 29 percent from the day before. The monster reboot's domestic haul now stands at $112.77 million--3 percent off the pace of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Neighbors added $2.02 million yesterday, down 45 percent from last Wednesday. The Universal comedy has a amassed a strong $97.7 million to-date.

Disney's Million Dollar Arm dropped 24 percent from Tuesday to $0.66 million yesterday. The baseball pic's 6-day haul is $12.85 million, on par with Draft Day's $12.73 million through the same point.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 slid 51 percent from last Wednesday to $1.02 million yesterday. With $176.1 million in the bank so far, the sequel is running about 1 percent over the pace of Thor: The Dark World.

Rounding out the top five, The Other Woman posted $0.57 million on Wednesday for a strong 25 percent week-to-week decline. The comedy's domestic tally stands at $73.5 million now, 8 percent ahead of What Happens In Vegas at the same point.

 

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Accounts for Strong 90 Percent of Fandango Weekend Sales on May 22, 2014

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LOS ANGELES - May 22, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is pacing to be the biggest "X-Men" movie opening in Fandango history, overpowering the company's previous record-holder, 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." "Days of Future Past" is currently magnetizing more than 90% of the company's Memorial Day Weekend ticket sales, and topping Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, with an impressive 93 out of 100 points.

"Fans will be awestruck by the film's non-stop action," says Fandango Fangirl Tiffany Smith, "and Jennifer Lawrence turns Mystique into a relatable anti-hero who really drives the story. The all-star teaming of the film's ‘past' and ‘future' cast members, plus the fun fan favorite cameos, make it one of the summer's most highly-anticipated blockbusters."

Tiffany Smith interviews "X-Men" star Hugh Jackman in this week's episode of Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," reviewing the powerful female characters in the film. "I think one of the great things about ‘X-Men,' from the comic book right to the movie, is that the female characters are strong," says Jackman. "I run into people all around the world and for them, it's not just fun and cool, they related to these characters," he adds. The entire "Weekend Ticket" interview is available for viewing at Fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

'X-Men' On Course For Massive Opening on May 22, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Thursday Morning Update: X-Men: Days Of Future Past continued its impressive run on Wednesday as it rose 61% to a whopping 49,523 tweets, up from Tuesday's 30,575 tweets. By comparison, X-Men: First Class had 14,404 tweets on its Wednesday before release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier had 68,321 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had 28,734. It has seen a much greater percentage increase this week than both Cap 2 and Spidey 2 while maintaining a very impressive level of tweets. We are predicting $115 million over its first four days as this could possibly become the highest grossing X-Men movie, a record currently held by X-Men: The Last Stand's $234 million back in 2006.   

Not to be left out, Blended had an impressive 54% hike to 6,306 tweets on Wednesday, up from 4,095 tweets on Tuesday. By comparison, Just Go With It had 1,180 tweets its Wednesday before release, Jack And Jill had 858 and Grown Ups 2 had 18,640. Outside of Grown Ups 2 this is the most talked about Adam Sandler movie in 5 years which right there tells me that the long discussed Adam Sandler family-targeted box office dud won't be appearing with this film, and he has at least one more strong opening in him for the genre. $25 million over the first four days seems likely as the Sandler money-printing machine continues.

The first image and video from the Star Wars: Episode VII set were released yesterday which featured a first look at a new character from the film. This alone sent fanboys and girls into a frenzy on Twitter, driving it up to over 13,000 tweets on the day. The first Hobbit movie had a first trailer that exceeded 100,000 tweets and I think this will be in store for a similar type of response. Star Wars is one of the largest, most popular franchises in all of Hollywood, add into that J.J Abrams who is one of the hottest and most talked about directors and writers and it is a perfect storm of social media factors. 

Top 15 Movies for Wednesday May 21st

Rk Film Tue Wed Week Tue-Wed %
1 (-) The Fault in Our Stars 70,563 78,097 228,271 10.68%
2 (+2) X-Men: Days of Future Past 30,575 49,523 102,683 61.97%
3 (-1) Godzilla (2014) 37,167 27,630 115,557 -25.66%
4 (+2) Maleficent 22,294 18,557 54,376 -16.76%
5 (-) 22 Jump Street 17,071 16,373 52,376 -4.09%
6 (+18) Star Wars: Episode VII 1,043 13,777 16,619 1220.90%
7 (+13) How to Train Your Dragon 2 1,643 12,104 15,916 636.70%
8 (-1) Divergent 12,659 11,070 34,262 -12.55%
9 (-1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 7,274 7,205 22,068 -0.95%
10 (+5) Blended 4,095 6,306 13,400 53.99%
11 (-8) Guardians of the Galaxy 11,120 5,769 45,432 -48.12%
12 (+2) Transformers: Age of Extinction 5,750 5,271 14,795 -8.33%
13 (-4) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 5,161 4,340 16,937 -15.91%
14 (-3) Think Like a Man Too 2,651 3,905 12,211 47.30%
15 (-5) The Purge: Anarchy 2,460 3,391 11,948 37.85%

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