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This Week’s Previews And Predictions: Can “X-Men” Break The $100 Million Barrier?

This Week's Previews And Predictions: Can "X-Men" Break The $100 Million Barrier?

We have come tantalizingly close these past two months to a film opening north of the $100 million border.  “Captain America” and “Amazing Spider-Man 2” came close and “Godilla” looked poised to make a run until a softer than expected Saturday brought the lizard back to $93 million.  Can “X-Men: Days of Future Past” finally hit that level??

The current X-Men characters partner up with their younger selves to save the past and our future in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.  Will this be the first film of the year to crack the $100 million code?  It has one extra day this coming Memorial Day weekend to do so.  Yet looking back at X-Men box office history, only one X title has hit $100 million, that being “X-Men: Last Stand”, way back in 2006.  Recent efforts have been inconsistent with 2011’s “First Class” opening to $55 million and 2009’s “Origins: Wolverine” at $85 million.  As a comparison, last Memorial Day’s “Fast Six” debuted to the tune of $97 million for the three days and $117 for the four.  I don’t think “DOFP” hits that level (especially without Imax) but I still think it busts the $100 million barrier by the time Memorial Day Monday is over and done with.  Just one question….why only do 10:00 PM Thursday night late shows instead of 7PM or 8PM as most others do?

JIM’S WEEKEND BOX OFFICE PREDICTION:  $84 Million (3 Day), $105 Million (4 day)

CAST: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult
DIRECTOR: Bryan Singer

Adam Sandler comedies have become a challenge to predict.  Will “Blended” fall into the category of his family oriented hits like the “Grown Ups” movies and “Just Go With It” or will it flounder like “That’s My Boy” and “Jack And Jill”?  Adding Drew Barrymore to the mix will certainly help but it’s difficult to imagine a younger audience dying to see a comedy about two people who suffered through a bad date whose respective families coincidentally both vacation at the same African resort.  

JIM’S WEEKEND BOX OFFICE PREDICTION:  $19 Million (3 Day), $25 Million (4 Day)

CAST: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Joel McHale, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey
DIRECTOR: Frank Coraci (“Waterboy”, “Click”, “Here Comes The Boom”)

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