X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have had the record for biggest opening, but after just two weekends of release it is already the highest worldwide grossing movie in the X-Men franchise.
The previous holder of that title was the critically reviled (58% rating) X-Men: The Last Stand, the third movie in the franchise, which topped off with a $459 million worldwide gross, with just under half, $225 million, coming from foreign (meaning non-US) markets. And that illustrates the changing face of the worldwide film market quite nicely, as $338 million of the $500 million worldwide gross so far for X-Men: Days of Future Past has come from the Foreign bow. That’s a whopping 67.6% of its gross so far.
The fact that it’s only two weekends in spells success for the film - Last Stand took 18 weekends to hit its total, and the average length of stay in theaters for an X-Men movie is 19 weeks, meaning Fox should have plenty to build on. This all follows a $414.8 million 19-week run for The Wolverine in 2013, showing that solid reviews (it has a 92% on RottenTomatoes.com) and a huge ensemble cast can even take down the unkillable scrapper.
Of course, the news isn’t all sunshine and claws popping. In domestic gross with $162 million, Days is in fourth overall thus far (again, with a long way to go), behind Last Stand, X2, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie should easily catch that third one, but may be a longshot domestically to surpass the other two. The weekend to weekend drop off was 64% for the blockbuster, which pulled in $32.6 million, coming in second to Disney’s live-action retelling of Sleeping Beauty from a villainous point of view with Maleficent. For context, other 2014 Marvel Superhero film releases include The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which has $192.7mil domestic on $690mil worldwide after five weekends, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier with $255mil domestic on $709mil worldwide after nine.
It should be noted, however, that The Last Stand saw a similar drop off of 66.9% - but that movie had atrocious reviews compared to the well-received Days. X-Men will next have to contend with Warner Bros.’ Edge of Tomorrow for the scifi crowd this coming weekend, but faces little other competition in their direct vertical until the June 27, 2014 release of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
What this all means for the future of the franchise, of course, is that Fox can now feel comfortably back on track. With the successor, X-Men: Apocalypse already planned and on track for a 2016 release and a global market that is much more in sync with superhero films, this should allow Fox some leeway to try something else outside the realm of just pumping out full team and Wolverine solo flicks. Only Apocalypse and an untitled Wolverine sequel are officially on the schedule for Fox as of yet, though.