By Daniel Garris
Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past took in $8.21 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The highly anticipated 3D superhero sequel was down a solid 58 percent from Monday's inflated Memorial Day performance. X-Men: Days of Future Past has grossed a strong $118.78 million in five days, which is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. Compared to previous X-Men films, Days of Future Past is currently running 81 percent ahead of the $65.63 million five-day start of 2011's X-Men: First Class and 9 percent behind the $130.15 million five-day take of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand (though it should be noted that neither of those films had the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions).
Godzilla placed in a distant second with $2.69 million. Warner's sci-fi action remake continued to show signs of major front-loading, as it was down 64 percent from Monday and down a sharp 61 percent from last Tuesday. Godzilla has grossed $158.48 million through twelve days of release. That places the film 5 percent behind the $166.77 million twelve-day take of 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While Godzilla opened well above expectations, the film is now performing much more in line with expectations as a result of its lackluster holding power thus far.
Universal's Neighbors was up one spot from Monday to move into third place on Tuesday with $1.58 million. The successful modestly budgeted comedy fell just 49 percent from Monday and 37 percent from last Tuesday. Neighbors has grossed $118.39 million in 19 days and is set to surpass the $120 million mark on Thursday. With fellow Universal comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West entering the marketplace on Friday, Neighbors is likely to experience another significant decline over the upcoming weekend.
Warner's Blended was down one spot and 60 percent from Monday to place in fourth on Tuesday with $1.37 million. The comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore continues to perform below its already modest expectations with a five-day start of just $19.11 million. That places the film 10 percent ahead of the $17.36 million five-day start of 2012's That's My Boy and 30 percent behind the $27.31 million five-day take of 2011's Jack and Jill. Blended is also likely to take a hit from A Million Ways to Die in the West over the weekend.