Godzilla may have stomped all over the competition at the box office last weekend, raking in an impressive $93 million, but for Memorial Day weekend the monster movie will be pushed out of the top spot by a gang of very famous mutants. X-Men: Days of Future Past has so many things going for it that there’s almost no way it won’t take the box office crown this coming holiday weekend.
For one, the movie is another sequel in the super-popular X-Men franchise, so it was already guaranteed a large body of viewers just from the fans of the Marvel comic and the previous film installments. In addition, the movie has a huge cast of mega-celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, and Hugh Jackman. Lawrence has embarked on one of her trademark impossibly charming publicity tours to promote the film, which has already garnered rave reviews from the critics who have seen advance screenings.
Analysts are predicting that the movie could see the strongest box office opening of the year, with forecasts seen by Variety estimating the film will make between $100 million and $110 million over Memorial Day weekend, which is described as being akin to the Super Bowl of the box office. The film’s studio, 20th Century Fox, is being a bit more conservative, estimating that the movie will make between $95 million and $100 million over the four-day weekend. The biggest opening weekend of 2014 thus far has been for a different Marvel franchise – The Avengers installment Captain America: The Winter Soldier made $95 million when it came out at the beginning of April, according to figures from Box Office Mojo.