3rd Update: *So here’s one for the record books! The superhero movie X-Men 3: The Last Stand had a superheroic gross of $120.1 million for the biggest opening ever for a U.S. Memorial Weekend. The comic book franchise also posted the 4th best three-day opening ever and second-biggest one-day gross ever on Friday. Needless to say, 20th Century Fox was super-delirious over the box office, which far exceeded their expectations for the holiday.*
2nd UPDATE: *X-Men 3 boasted the fourth biggest U.S. opening weekend of all time behind only Spider-Man, two Star Wars, and Shrek 2. But Da Vinci Code continued to surpass X-M3 overseas ($91 mil to $76 mil) and will hit the magic $500 million mark worldwide later this week. Domestically, the 20th Century Fox comic book movie grossed $107 million dollars, after earning an estimated $45.5 mil on Friday, $32 mil on Saturday and $29 mil on Sunday. Sony’s religious thriller stayed steady, earning $10.2 mil for Friday, $12.4 mil Saturday and $10.8 mil Sunday, for a 3-day second-weekend-out total of $136 mil. To date, Da Vinci has racked up over $465 mil worldwide since opening a little more than a week ago, $320 mil of it from international. The foreign front was bolstered by huge holds in Europe and Japan. Belgium was down only 2% from its opening weekend, Holland just 9%, Germany 18%, Japan 19%, and France 30%. Before Da Vinci opened, Sony execs were praying for a $500 mil summer. Now, they’re doing that boffo box office by the end of Week #2.*
1st UPDATE: *Saturday saw X-Men 3‘s U.S. box office take go down almost 30% from Friday to $31 million for a still very impressive $75.9 mil earned so far this Memorial Weekend. But Da Vinci Code‘s haul went up from Friday to Saturday’s $12.4 million, earning an impressive $125 mil domestically in just 9 days out. Again, Sony’s Da Vinci outshone 20th Century Fox’s X-Men 3 internationally. Da Vinci fell just 40% overseas to a whopping $92 mil over its second weekend. In Japan, the film fell only 19%.*
20th Century Fox’s X-Men 3 opened record-breaking big in U.S. markets, earning a staggering $44.1 million just on Friday making it the second highest opener of all time right behind Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But Sony’s Da Vinci Code was bigger overseas even on its second weekend out. Though X-Men 3 was opening in 90% of foreign territories this weekend, I’m told all of Europe except the UK still belongs to Da Vinci where it remains No. 1 in Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Austria, Holland and Switzerland. India finally received its legal certificate to release DVC and the film opened in first position in the market. In the U.S., Da Vinci earned a respectable $10.2 mil domestically on Friday, putting its total American take at $112.7 mil going into Saturday. Dreamworks / Paramount’s Over the Hedge occupied the third U.S. spot, with a Friday take of $7.5 mil. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise’s MI3 continues to bum out Paramount; it’s only sqeaked by $100 mil domestically (even though it was doing better internationally until Da Vinci swamped it), not even what it cost to make.For more estimates listed by title, see box office results here...
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