Fox and Marvel's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opened strong on Friday with an estimated $36 million at the North American box office.
Variety reports the latest "X-Men" film from Bryan Singer is on track to bring in an estimated $110 million over the four-day weekend, which would land it in the No. 5 spot for the top five Memorial Day weekend debuts of all time. However, it would fall short of the $123 million that "X-Men: The Last Stand" made over the same four-day weekend back in 2006.
The seventh film in Fox's X-Men franchise -- including the two Wolverine solo films -- has received "generally favorable reviews" according to Metacritic. In his review for Comic Book Resources, Phillip Pirrello said the film "packs as many emotionally resonate punches as it does actual punches, making 'Days of Future Past' one of the best films of this, or any, summer."
Based on the storyline from "Uncanny X-Men" #141-142 by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin, the film uses time travel to unite cast members from the original trilogy with those from "X-Men: First Class." The film stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Bingbing Fan, Adan Canto, Booboo Stewart, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.