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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' tops $500 million worldwide, a franchise best
Bryan Singer sequel surpasses 'The Last Stand'
(CBR) Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office this weekend -- and also became the top-grossing film in the franchise if you don't count for inflation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, domestically "X-Men" dropped 64 percent in its second weekend to an estimated $32.6 million -- beating the estimates from earlier in the weekend. So far the film has made $162.1 million in North America, which is more than "X-Men: First Class" ($146 million), "The Wolverine" ($132 million) and the first "X-Men" ($157 million) made over their entire runs, but less than "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" ($179 million), "X2: X-Men United" ($214 million) and "X-Men: The Last Stand" ($234 million).
Globally, however, it's a different story. The film's $500.2 million is well above the $459.4 million that "X-Men: The Last Stand" made in 2006, which was previously the top-grossing film in the franchise -- again, not counting for inflation.
Disney's "Maleficent" proved magical this weekend, knocking "X-Men: Days of Future Past" out of the top spot at the North American box office. The live-action family film brought in an estimated $70 million domestically and $100.6 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $170.6 million.
Also at the domestic box office this weekend, Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" opened to an estimated $17.1 million to land at No. 3, while "Godzilla" brought in another $12.2 million to come in at No. 4. So far "Godzilla" as made $174.6 million in North America. The Adam Sandler comedy "Blended" rounded out the top five with $8.4 million, bringing its total to $29.6 million.