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X-Men sequel tops Avatar as Fox's biggest global debut

Published on May 27, 2014 6:09 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Mutant superhero movie X-Men: Days of Future Past powered to US$302 million (S$378 million) in worldwide ticket sales through the US Memorial Day holiday on Monday, capping a weekend in which it surpassed Avatar as the biggest global debut for film studio 20th Century Fox.

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

The X-Men sequel was boosted by strong reviews, including a 91 per cent positive rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website, and an "A" grade in audience polling by CinemaScore, Fox executives said. The film drew an ethnically diverse audience that was 56 per cent male and 44 per cent female, said Spencer Klein, senior vice-president and general sales manager for 20th Century Fox, a unit of 21st Century Fox. "The movie broadened out to a general audience," he said.

From Friday through Sunday, X-Men racked up global ticket sales that beat the December 2009 debut of Fox's Avatar, the sci-fi adventure that started with US$241.5 million worldwide and became the best-selling movie of all time, grossing US$2.8 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. X-Men collected global sales of US$261.8 million over its first three days in 119 territories, including US$37.7 million in China, the world's second-largest film market. Avatar did not open in China during its first weekend of release.

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