Welcome to the Box Office Report, where X-Men looks good, Godzilla hangs tough, and Adam Sandler barely registers.
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Fox): $90.7 million in 3,996 theaters.
We thought X-Men did a good job with this installment and, according to reviews, so did everyone else! And so, the mega-cast of the $200 million project has been rewarded with what will ultimately pan out to be a $100 million holiday opening weekend. To be technical, X-Men only gets credit for $90.7 million, but it's good news for director Bryan Singer, who probably needed some good news. Oh, and it also pulled $171 million in foreign sales, the best debut of any X-Men flick.
2. Godzilla (Warner Brothers): $31.4 million in 3,942 theaters.
Pitted against a newer action flick, Godzilla predictably fell out of the top spot. Nevertheless, the Aaron Johnson-Bryan Cranston joint is performing well enough; it cracked the $300 million mark with an impressively close split between foreign and domestic box office takes. Adjusted for inflation, it's got a little ways to go before it reaches 1998 Godzilla levels, but still, it benefits from not having any Puff Daddy songs.
3. Blended (Warner Brothers): $14.2 million in 3,555 theaters.
Well, this Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore reunion is unique only in that the drop-off between critics' reviews and audience approval is unfathomably huge. But this once bankable duo did not perform well. If you're looking for a reason, A.O. Scott masterfully provides many of them. Woof.
4. Neighbors (Universal): $13.9 million in 3,266 theaters.
Following an impressive opening, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne and Zac Efron have managed to keep pace even as new "comedies" (see above) arrive. It would have been a coup for Neighbors to fend off Blended in its opening week and it almost did. Seems the late millennials aren't ready to give up the ghost just yet.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony): $7.8 million in 3,160 theaters.
In just four weeks, Spiderman has dropped with nary a web to save him and his poorly reviewed cohorts. Thems is the breaks. Fortunately or unfortunately, there's plenty of time for Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone to continue their liplocking with two more installments coming out over the next four years.