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May 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With an estimated $111 million in domestic ticket sales over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, producers of X-Men: Days of Future Past are certainly not singing the (Moody) blues over the film’s failure to achieve the stratospheric projections that some box-office pundits had foreseen. The film will probably wind up as only the fifth-best Memorial Day opener in history. But what it lacked in punch in North America, it more than made up for overseas, where it opened with about $191 million over the normal three-day weekend. With a global total of more than $300 million, the opening represents the biggest worldwide debut in history — surpassing the previous record holder, 20th Century Fox’s Avatar, which opened with $164.5 million in 2009. At the other end of the scale, the new Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore pairing in Blended managed to bring in just $18 million over the four days. As for the box office overall: “pretty good, not great” would sum it up. It’s down almost 27 percent from Memorial Day weekend 2013, when Fast and Furious 6, The Hangover 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Epic, and Iron Man 3 each held down positions in the top ten.