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US power for X-Men over monsters

X-Men: Days Of Future Past ruled over the US box office, as the mutants triumphed over monsters - pushing Godzilla to the number two spot.

The seventh instalment in the Marvel franchise, starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, earned around 111 million US dollars (£66 million), according to studio estimates.

It is projected to be the fifth best Memorial Day holiday weekend debut in box office history over a four-day period, just behind Fast And Furious 6 and The Hangover 2.

Warner Bros' sci-fi monster smash Godzilla landed in second place, with takings of around 39.4 million US dollars (£23.4 million).

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's third reunion in romantic comedy Blended held the third place spot with an 18.2 million (£10.8 million) debut. Their previous collaborations, The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, have grossed over 80 million US dollars (£47.5 million) in the US.

Bad Neighbours, starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone rounded off the top five, earning 17.2 million US dollars (£10.2 million) and 10 million US dollars (£5.9 million), respectively.

Meanwhile, Disney's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty sorceress, is already tipped to be a box ofice smash when it opens on May 30.

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