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Fox is looking to draw money from moviegoers’ pockets Magneto-style this weekend.
Variety reports pre-release tracking indicates X-Men: Days of Future Past could open to more than $100 million in North America — perhaps even as high as $110 million — over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. Fox is, of course, trying to manage public expectations, with estimates of between $95 million and $100 million.
Director Bryan Singer’s $200 million sequel begins a rollout tonight that will see it screening in 3,987 theaters theaters, most of which are 3D; it also opens simultaneously in more than 100 territories. Even if Days of Future Past does hit $110 million, it will lag behind the $122.9 million four-day opening of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which still holds the franchise record.
However, the X-Men have more than Sentinels to contend with: Last weekend’s box-office champion, Godzilla, is expected to rake in a little less than $50 million, pushing its worldwide total past $300 million.