While some speculated that X-Men: Days of Future Past would beat Godzilla as the biggest opening day release of 2014, it fell short by a few million dollars. Godzilla managed to pull in $38.4 million when it opened last weekend, with the latest X-Men franchise sequel only managing to nab $36 million.

This actually gives X-Men: Days of Future Past the third biggest opening of the year, as it also comes in behind Marvel Studios' Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which took in a close $36.9 million back in April. It did, however, best the other recent Marvel movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, now in fourth place with $35.1 million.

X-Men: Days of Future Past made $8.1 million of its $36 million from Thursday night preview screenings, and is estimated to pull in a little less than $120 million over the Memorial Day weekend, with strong word of mouth helping up Saturday and Sunday numbers. That extra day doesn't hurt either.

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20th Century Fox's franchise sequel is aiming to be one of the top 5 Memorial Day weekend earners of all time, but it's not likely to surpass the $122 million Memorial Day weekend X-Men: The Last Stand pulled in back in the summer of 2006.

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