Latest X-Men movie smashes box office records

Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) powers her way through a top secret military installationin in X-Men: days of Future Past. Alan Markfield / Marvel / Twentieth Century Fox
Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) powers her way through a top secret military installationin in X-Men: days of Future Past. Alan Markfield / Marvel / Twentieth Century Fox

Comic book movie X-Men: Days of Future Past could be set to become the world’s highest grossing movie after its opening weekend saw it amass $261.8 million (Dh962 million) in worldwide ticket sales, rising to $302 million with the US public holiday on Monday and beating Avatar as the biggest global debut for 20th Century Fox.

The seventh installment in the X-Men franchise topped U.S. and Canadian movie charts with $111.0 million from Friday through Monday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. The film earned an additional $191.0 million at theaters around the world, Fox said.

The weekend’s sales beat the December 2009 debut of Avatar. James Cameron’s hi-tech sci-fi romp took $241.5 million in its opening weekend and went on to become the best-selling movie of all time, grossing $2.8 billion, according to Box Office Mojo.

X-Men’s $261.8 million weekend sales were spread across 119 territories, including $37.7 million in China, the world’s second-largest film market. Avatar did not open in China during its first weekend of release.

Published: May 28, 2014 04:00 AM

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