Cartoons at the box office: “X-Men” render Godzilla’s dominance extinct

X-Men:DOFPDespite sounding continuity-heavy for Hollywood/general public standards, the movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” topped the box office this weekend. The movie opened with $90.7 million. While “Days” cost $200 million to make, it’s also earned $171.1 million overseas, for a total to date of $261.8 million.

Meanwhile, “Godzilla” dropped to second place, earning $31.4 million for a total to date of $148.8 million domestically. Overseas, it’s earned $166.6 million, for a global total to date of $315.4 million. Warner Bros. is no doubt pleased it now has another franchise (versus its glacially-produced Batman-centric superhero movies), as it’s already green-lit a sequel.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” came in fifth place, earning $7.8 million domestically for a total to date of $184.9 million. Overseas, it’s pulled in $489 million, earning a total of $673.9 million. While the film’s budget is for some reason unknown (per Box Office Mojo), it’s surely quite a big hit for Sony, particularly for its overseas audience (which is responsible for 73% of its global box office).

“Rio 2” is at eighth place, earning $2.5 million for a total to date of $121.6 million domestically. Of course, the film’s mainly a hit with/probably more aimed at overseas audiences, where it’s earned $319.9 million, for a total to date of $441.5 million.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has dropped out of the top ten, with a domestic total to date of $253.6 million and an overseas total of $454.1 million, or a global total of $707.7 million. It should surpass “The Lego Movie” within the next week or so for the top film this year domestically at the box office. Yes, come 2016 the only film I see moving its date is the legal-tatsic-sounding “Batman v Superman.”

Finally, “Frozen” has surpassed “Iron Man 3” to not only become 2013’s top film globally, but also the fifth top-earning film of all time (not adjusted for inflation). Not sure if it’ll be able to climb to fourth (currently occupied by a Harry Potter film), but it’s doing quite well in Japan.

Next week sees opening “Maleficent,” about the villain from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Also opening is Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” One guess which film I hope does better at the box office.

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