X-Men: Days of Future Past Overpowers Godzilla at Box Office

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Monsters and mutants rule the box office once again.

X-Men: Days of Future Past claimed the No. 1 spot with a $91 million debut this weekend, the Associated Press reports. The movie beat out Godzilla, which dropped to second place with $31.4 million after squashing industry estimates a week ago.

The X-Men film is expected to earn approximately $110 million with the long weekend, potentially making it the fifth highest Memorial Day debut after Fast & Furious 6 grossed $117 million this time last year. In 2007, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End became the holiday weekend’s biggest debut with $140 million.

A recent sexual-assault lawsuit against X-Men director Bryan Singer, who denied allegations and backed out of doing press tour to avoid diverting attention from the film, did not stop moviegoers from filling seats.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Frozen became the fifth highest-grossing film in world history as its global gross hit $1.219 billion, Deadline.com reports. Frozen takes that title from the studio’s own Iron Man 3, which has grossed $1.215 billion.


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