X-Men: Days of Future Past is headed back to Montreal for additional shooting. Could that spell trouble for the massive mutant mashup?
According to the Calgary Herald (via The Playlist), director Bryan Singer is headed back to the Canadian city along with a few members of the cast and crew of the latest X-Men entry to shoot "extra scenes" for the film, which wrapped principal photography there a few months ago.
The film commissioner of Quebec, Hans Fraiken, says that the team is coming back for "a couple of weeks," calling it a "big reshoot."
Now, reshooting, or additional shooting, is nothing new, and, depending on the time involved, certainly not a sign of any trouble. A few days of reshoots is pretty normal; seven weeks, like what the filmmakers did on World War Z to create an entirely new ending, is kind of severe and indicates that the movie is not in good shape. Two weeks? That's still probably not close to the danger zone, but definitely more of an investment of time, resources and, of course, money.
That last part -- the money -- is what could be a cause for concern over at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind all the X-Men movies. The Herald casually stated that X-Men: Days of Future Past is the second most expensive Fox production, after Avatar. That movie officially cost $237 million to make, although it's been reported that James Cameron spent well north of $300 million. IMDB lists the budget for Days of Future Past as $250 million, which would clearly send it past Avatar's official price tag. The question is, could Days of Future Past even exceed its own official cost?
Even if it stays at $250 million, that makes Days of Future Past the most expensive X-Men movie ever. The last two, 2011's X-Men: First Class and this year's The Wolverine, officially cost $160 million and $120 million, respectively. While they both made money worldwide, they respectively earned $146 million and $132 million in the U.S., making them the lowest-grossing X-Men movies at home since the first one back in 2000.
For X-Men: Days of Future Past to turn a profit at $250 million, it will have to earn at least twice that much worldwide. No matter how cool is the concept of combining the old and new X-teams together -- and we think the movie looks pretty darn cool -- it may be tough to reach $500 million worldwide if U.S. box office continues to drag.
So you've got a massive financial bet and a film that needs at least some additional shooting. Can Singer and his incredible cast -- which includes Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage and many more -- pull it out and make the biggest, most successful X-Men movie ever? We'll find out on May 23, 2014.