Memorial Day box office winners and losers, plus prizes at Cannes 2014
The X-Men take box office gold, while the glamorous French film festival crowns its winners
Tue May 27 2014
It was all about the mutants this holiday weekend, as audiences—in-between BBQ and beach trips—headed in droves to the latest installment in the X-Men superhero saga, Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer's recent legal troubles were clearly a nonissue in light of the film's $111 million four-day take, according to BoxOffice.com. You can read what we thought of the franchise's latest episode here. Coming in a distant second was the reboot of Godzilla, which dropped 58 percent from its opening frame to pull in a still-impressive $39.45 million (its total gross currently stands at $156.79 million). And what of Adam Sandler (a question we ask ourselves each and every morning)? His new romantic comedy, Blended, reteaming him with his Wedding Singer costar Drew Barrymore, took in a disappointing $18.19 million, hardly up to the $41 million bow of his previous lowbrow laffer Grown-Ups 2. The funnyman's reign has waned before, at which point he tends to retreat to some provable property. Ready yourselves for a Grown-Ups 3, we suppose? In specialty box office news, cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) scored a win with his wondrously bizarre return to the big screen, The Dance of Reality, now playing at New York's Landmark's Sunshine, in addition to a theater in L.A. It grossed $24,970 over the holiday weekend—a terrific total for a limited-release indie—and sounds like it won over its audience in much the same way it did our own critic Joshua Rothkopf. See his review here.
Looking overseas, the 67th Cannes Film Festival ended its two-week run this weekend, awarding its top prize, the Palme d'or, to Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's three-hour-plus drama, Winter Sleep, about the tempestuous relationship between the proprietors of a small mountain hotel in Anatolia. Time Out London's Dave Calhoun, who cocovered the fest with Time Out New York's Keith Uhlich, was a big fan of the film. Read his review here. Other notable winners included Julianne Moore, Best Actress for David Cronenberg's acidic Hollywood satire, Maps to the Stars, as well as British performer Timothy Spall, who took home Best Actor for his memorably apelike turn as famed painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh's masterful biopic Mr. Turner. A complete list of the winners can be found here. To read Time Out's coverage of the festival, go here.
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