24 May 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

X-Men: Days of Future Past opened strong on Friday, and will almost certainly earn over $100 million over the holiday weekend. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler's Blended fell short of modest expectations.The seventh installment in the X-Men franchise earned an estimated $36 million on Friday. That's about on par with recent superhero movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($36.9 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($35.2 million). Unfortunately, it's significantly lower than X-Men: The Last Stand's $45.1 million debut on the same day eight years ago.The movie is receiving strong reviews (91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and good word-of-mouth ("A" CinemaScore), so it should hold up better than The Last Stand. If it plays like last year's Fast & Furious 6, it will wind up just below $110 million for the four-day frame.In second place, Godzilla plummeted 77 percent to $8.8 million. That's a horrible drop on par with notoriously front-loaded movies like Cloverfield (76 percent) and Ang »


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