Good news, y'all! Looks like some of the strikes on X-Men: Days of Future Past’s resume won't hurt its box-office haul.
According to Variety, the superhero flick is projected to be on its way to nabbing $125 million domestically in box-office receipts over the Memorial Day weekend on May 23, making it the biggest opening weekend of all seven X flicks. The film is set to launch worldwide, including in China, on that day.
Back in 2006, X-Men: The Last Stand took in $123 million stateside during its four-day Memorial Weekend opening and made $234 million overall (domestic), despite, you know ... sucking.
Insiders are predicting that Days of Future Past could bring in a domestic haul of $250 million, becoming the biggest instalment in the X-Men franchise — despite the pall cast by the sexual assault lawsuits Singer is facing and the increasingly strong competition from other superhero flicks.
The idea that Days of Future Past could shatter the X-box office is not so surprising since Matthew Vaughn’s previous effort, X-Men: First Class, was a success with fans and critics alike, despite making only $146 million.
There are also two major draws for the film (among many others): Jennifer Lawrence and Hugh Jackman. Lawrence could bring in the younger crowd thanks to her role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games flicks (as well as being a deserving Oscar winner), while Jackman still has a lot of claw power as Wolverine.
What do you guys think? Do you believe X-Men: Days of Future Past will be a box-office success despite some of the negative context? Will you be suiting up with the X-Men this time around?