Film Poised for Biggest "X-Men" Opening in Fandango History
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.
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
|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%|
|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%|
|9 (-1)||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||7,274||7,205||22,068||-0.95%|
|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%|
By Daniel Garris
Warner's Godzilla took in $6.94 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The well-received 3D sci-fi action remake was down 9 percent from Monday, which represented a solid daily percentage hold given that Monday's grosses in general were inflated a bit by the Victoria Day holiday in Canada. Godzilla continues to outpace pre-release expectations in a very big way with a five-day start of $107.80 million. That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $93.21 million five-day take of 2009's Star Trek and 3 percent ahead of the $104.35 million five-day gross of 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Universal's Neighbors held steady in second place with $2.498 million. The break-out comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne was down a slim 3 percent form Monday and down a significant 48 percent from last Tuesday. While Neighbors continues to show signs of front-loading thus far, in the bigger picture the film has grossed a very impressive $95.66 million in twelve days of release. That leaves the film just $4.34 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took in $1.36 million to remain in third place. Sony's expensive superhero sequel was down a sizable 11 percent from Monday and down 53 percent from last Tuesday. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues to perform on the very low end of pre-release expectations with a 19-day take of $175.05 million. It is highly likely that the film will take a significant hit when Fox's highly anticipated superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past enters the marketplace on Friday.
Disney's Million Dollar Arm grossed $0.859 million to continue to claim fourth place. The modestly budgeted baseball drama starring Jon Hamm was up an encouraging 5 percent over Monday's performance. However, Million Dollar Arm is still performing on the very low end of expectations so far with a modest five-day start of $12.19 million.
Fox's The Other Woman rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.674 million. The comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton increased 8 percent over Monday and was down 31 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to very solid holding power, The Other Woman has grossed a stronger than expected $72.97 million in 26 days.
By Daniel Garris
Warner's Godzilla led the way on Monday with a strong daily take of $7.67 million. In the process, the well-received 3D sci-fi action remake surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone yesterday. Godzilla was down 66 percent from Sunday. It should be noted that Monday's grosses in general were inflated a bit by the Victoria Day holiday in Canada. Godzilla continues to demolish pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $100.86 million. That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $86.71 million four-day take of 2009's Star Trek.
Universal's Neighbors placed in second with $2.57 million. The break-out comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne was down 60 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. Neighbors has grossed a very impressive $93.16 million through eleven days of release. That leaves the film just $6.84 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone and places it 36 percent ahead of the $68.56 million eleven-day take of 2007's Knocked Up.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took third place with $1.52 million. Sony's expensive superhero sequel fell 69 percent from Sunday and 33 percent from last Monday. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues to perform on the very low end of pre-release expectations with an 18-day take of $173.69 million. It is highly likely that the film will take a significant hit when Fox's highly anticipated superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past enters the marketplace on Friday.
Disney's Million Dollar Arm finished in fourth with $0.818 million. The modestly budgeted baseball drama was down 70 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases, which isn't the best early sign going forward. Despite growing buzz in the weeks leading up to its release, Million Dollar Arm is performing on the very low end of expectations with a four-day start of $11.33 million.
Fox's The Other Woman rounded out Monday's top five with $0.623 million. The comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton fell 61 percent from Sunday and a very healthy 13 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to very solid holding power, The Other Woman has grossed a stronger than expected $72.29 million in 25 days.