Say goodbye to the notion that pairing Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore is the key to box office gold.
“Blended,” their third collaboration, flopped at the box office Friday.
While its $4.4 million take was not as bleak as some analysts were suggesting in their late night reports, it ranks as one of the weakest of Sandler’s career. And it is the weakest opening take for a signature Sandler live action comedy since 1996.
Even his 2012 flop “That’s My Boy” managed a stronger $4.6 million in its first day of release.
Considerably more successful this weekend was “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The franchise’s latest earned $36.0 million to claim considerable dominance at the box office.
That $36 million, which puts “X-Men” on a path to earn more than $100 million over the four day Memorial Day Weekend, ranks as the third strongest opening day take in 2014. “Godzilla” earned a stronger $38.4 million last weekend, while “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” kicked off with a narrowly better $36.9 million in April.
“Godzilla” did, however, endure a significant drop this Friday. Second for the night, its $8.8 million Friday take was down 77% from last Friday’s opening night performance.
“Blended” placed third for Friday, while “Neighbors” ($4.2 million) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ ($2.0 million) completed the top five. With that total, “Neighbors” moves past the $100 million cumulative mark.