X-Men: Days of Future Past Likely to Cross $100 Million Over Holiday Weekend

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Magneto Levitates a Stadium

X-Men: Days of Future Past

may generate more than $100 million over the four-day holiday weekend starting Friday, according to estimates at TheWrap. Depending on the distribution of the weekend, that could give it the biggest opening weekend of the year (currently that's a mark held by another Marvel Comics adaptation, Captain America: The Winter Soldier). If it does take the top spot (which is a virtual certainty), Days of Future Past will be the third Marvel adaptation in the last two months to debut at #1 at the domestic box office, following Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While there had been some speculation that without a Marvel Studios release the size of Iron Man 3 or The Avengers, later comic book movies like Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy might suffer in a superhero-heavy 2014, that doesn't seem to be the case. For X-Men, though, it could simply be that the way Days of Future Past is constructed is the next logical step in creating an event film after The Avengers. Combining the two familiar teams of X-Men in a Marvel mutant mash-up that doubles down on The Avengers's successful formula of taking successful properties and making them into a team. With spectacular reviews, it seems likely that the word of mouth will be good on Days of Future Past, too, so it may continue to earn for more than just the one-week reign of Spider-Man, which likely suffered from a lukewarm reception from audiences and critics (it scored just 53% positive reviews with critics and 72% with audiences on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, as opposed to, say, The Winter Soldier, which earned 89% and 94%, respectively).