first_img“X-Men” also grossed approximately $80 million in foreign markets Friday through Sunday. Monday estimates were not available. “This is one of those movies where expectations were high, but for anyone to think it would break these records and perform so incredibly well, that was not expected,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. Thanks largely to “X-Men” and popular holdovers “The Da Vinci Code” and “Over the Hedge,” the projected performance of the top 12 films in the marketplace adds up to $228.6 million, easily ahead of the same weekend a year ago when the total was $225.5 million. The Memorial Day weekend record still belongs to 2004 with $238.7 million in revenue. “Da Vinci” finished in second place with an estimated $43 million in ticket sales. The religious thriller has taken in $145.5 million to date domestically, according to Sony Pictures Entertainment, which released the film. “When you consider how we opened, it’s a terrific hold, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. “I think it’s a good weekend for everyone.” “Da Vinci” also added $92 million in foreign markets over the four days and has now taken in $320 million internationally. The film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks now has a worldwide total of $465 million. “Hedge,” a DreamWorks Animation title, finished in third place over the weekend with a solid estimated four-day gross of $35.3 million. The comedy has grossed $84.4 million in its first 11 days in theaters. The Tom Cruise action-adventure “Mission: Impossible III” took fourth place in its fourth weekend in theaters, with estimated ticket sales of $8.6 million. The film has grossed $115.8 million domestically to date. Rounding out the top five was the Warner Bros. disaster flick “Poseidon,” which took in an estimated $7 million and has earned a disappointing $46.6 million to date. The film has not yet opened internationally. [email protected] (818)713-3758 TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations. Final figures will be released today. 1. “X-Men: The Last Stand,” $120.1 million. 2. “The Da Vinci Code,” 43 million. 3. “Over the Hedge,” $35.3 million 4. “Mission: Impossible III,” $8.6 million. 5. “Poseidon,” $7 million. 6. “RV,” $5.3 million 7. “See No Evil,” $3.2 million 8. “Just My Luck,” $2.3 million. 9. “United 93,” $1.1 million. 10. “An American Haunting,” $936,680. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By attracting audiences of all ages, “X-Men: The Last Stand” grossed an astounding $120 million in its first four days and propelled the movie industry to its second-biggest Memorial Day weekend in history, according to studio estimates released Monday. “X-Men,” the third installment of a series based on the popular Marvel Comics franchise, had already set a Memorial Day weekend opening record by Sunday with its $103 million three-day take. The 20th Century Fox release added impressively to its new record with projected ticket sales of $17 million on Monday. Final numbers will be released today. “To be in this rarified atmosphere is extraordinary,” said an elated Bruce Snyder, Fox’s president of distribution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The film, directed by Brett Ratner, stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen and others as either superhero or evil mutants. The film succeeded at the box office in much the same way “Spider-Man” did four summers ago by attracting an audience that was fairly evenly divided among all demographics – males and females; young, middle-age and old. “Spider-Man” had a record three-day opening of $114.8 million. Fox had been hoping at least to match the $86 million opening of “X2” in May 2003 and did that in the first three days, driven by an extraordinary opening-day gross of $45.5 million. Of the first-day total, $5.9 million came from midnight showings on Thursday. “It was much more of a fan-based audience Thursday night and Friday. Then on Saturday and Sunday, it became everybody’s movie – from families to seniors,” Snyder said. “I think `X-Men’ has this quality about it that everyone identifies with – being an outsider, being unique.” In all, “X-Men” claimed the following records during its first four days in theaters: biggest Memorial Day weekend opener; biggest Friday gross and second-biggest single-day gross ($45.5 million); fourth-largest three-day opening ($103 million); and biggest opening of 2006 to date. last_img

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