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X Men: Days of Future Past just hit theaters last night, but the film is already enjoying mega-box-office and is expected to turn in opening-weekend totals that will dwarf the receipts of its predecessor, X Men: First Class.

X Men Days of Future Past Poster

The film pulled in over $8 million on Thursday night alone and Marvel Studios is said to have set a goal of $100 million for this weekend.

High hopes, indeed, but certainly within reach, as Memorial Day typically provides one of the biggest box office weekends of the year.

Despite the impressive one-day total, X Men: First Class has fallen shy of the Thursday night numbers reported by other recent big-budget releases such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Such huge numbers across the board have industry analysts predicting one of the most profitable summers that movie studios have seen in recent years.

Just last week, Godzilla's box office was reported at a staggering $93.2 million for its opening weekend alone. 

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X Men Days of Future Past is set to do battle with Godzilla.

The latest edition of this awesome franchise has been released in theaters, bringing stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender together in two different periods of time.

Is the latest superhero movie receiving super reviews? In a word: Yes. Big time.

Scroll down for a summary of a few reviews and prepare to a blast into the entertaining past some at some point this weekend... 

X Men Days of Future Past Poster

For those who felt The Last Stand was a poor exit for many of these characters, X-Men: Days of Future Past should at least salve the wound in part. - James Berardinelli

The characters - and the performers playing them - step unto the breach to provide just enough wit and feeling to make "Days of Future Past" something other than a waste of a reasonable person's time. - A.O. Scott

Time travel, Peter Dinklage and 1970s kitsch top a very long list of what makes "X-Men: Days of Future Past" such a blast. - Betsy Sharkey

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Let a new debate surrounding the Man of Steel sequel begin!

With many still arguing over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, Warner Bros. has has announced the title of this highly anticipated movie will be - drum roll please! - Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice!

Principal photography on the filming begins today in Detroit, with Affleck on board as the Caped Crusader and Henry Cavill returning as Superman.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Key Art

Zack Snyder is on board to direct this follow-up, with Gal Gadot portraying Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will then lead into an eventual Justice League movie, with DC hoping to emulate the success Marvel has had with The Avengers.

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The 2010 animated film How to Train Your Dragon proved to be a surprise smash hit for DreamWorks, and now the studio is reportedly taking a bold and admirable risk with the movie's forthcoming sequel.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is slated for release in June, and according to the film's writer and director it will feature a scene in which a beloved character subtly acknowledges that he's gay. 

Filmmaker Dean Deblois - who is openly gay himself - discussed the making of the sure-to-be-controversial scene and the decision to have Gobber the Belch (voiced by Craig Ferguson) reveal his sexual orientation.

In the scene, Gobber watches a husband and wife argue. "When we were recording Craig Ferguson, I had written the line, 'This is why I never got married,'" says Deblois. "[Ferguson], as he often does, added it as an ad lib and said, 'Yup, Gobber's coming out of the closet.'"

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Robert Pattinson has officially crushed our hopes and dreams.

In Cannes to promote Maps to the Stars, the actor talked to Variety about his film career and shot down any talk of another Twilight Saga movie.

"I couldn't do another Twilight movie," the 28-year old told the publication. "I'm too old."

Too old?!? Robert, you play a vampire! They are supposed to be old! Sheesh.

Pattinson went on to say "no one thought [Twilight] would be a big deal," which of course meant everyone was gravely mistaken.

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After an opening weekend that can only be described as monstrously successful, it comes as no surprise that Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures are already planning a second installment in their rebooted Godzilla franchise.  

Godzilla's box office for its first weekend in theaters surpassed industry forecasts by nearly $20 million, with the film pulling in a cool $93 mill domestically.

Mostly positive reviews for Godzilla helped the film stomp competitors and pull in $9.3 million on Thursday night alone. Not too shabby for a film based on a character that first hit theaters in 1955.

All that has been confirmed by producers thus far is that sequel talks are definitely underway. No word yet on what Godzilla 2 may feature in terms of plot, and Gareth Edwards has yet to sign on for the sequel, though he is expected to return as director. 

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Thanks to a strong showing during Thursday night previews, analysts are already predicting that Godzilla may enjoy a far more successful opening weekend than originally predicted. 

The highly-anticipated disaster film pulled in a reported $9.3 million last night alone.

For comparison, the most recent installment in the Hobbit franchise - The Desolation of Smaug - pulled in about $8.8 million on its first Thursday and went on to gross $73.6 million on its opening weekend.

The numbers for Godzilla are better than most projections, and experts are now saying the film could go on to beat Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to earn the prize of top weekend box office for 2014.

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Forget those summer blockbusters for a moment.

And let's focus instead on the only 2014 blockbuster that really matters.

It features a certain District 12 Victor, it comes out on November 21, it's the third film in its franchise... and we positively cannot wait for it!

We speak, of course, about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

Lionsgate has released the first photos from this wildly anticipated film, and they feature Julianne Moore as President Coin, along with a look at Philip Seymoure Hoffman as Plutarch, a role he finished filming just before he died in February.

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Julianne Moore as President Coin
This is our first look at Julianne Moore in Mockingjay. It's safe to say we're excited for the film.

We'll update this gallery when shots of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and company are released.

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Just when we thought we couldn't be any more excited for Pitch Perfect 2...

Elizabeth Banks, who will reprise her role for this musical comedy follow-up and also direct the film, confirmed today via Twitter today that Katey Sagal has joined the cast of the sequel.

The veteran actor - who should have won an Emmy by now for her role as Gemma on Sons of Anarchy - will portray the mother of Hailee Steinfeld's character in the flick.

Katey Sagal Picture

Sagal joins an impressive cast that includes Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine.

Shooting has already begun on Pitch Perfect 2, which hits theaters on May 15, 2015.

To watch Pitch Perfect online and see what the fuss is about, visit our friends at Movie Fanatic.

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Let the furor over Ben Affleck as Batman begin anew.

Director Zack Snyder has given fans their first look at the Oscar winner in this iconic superhero role today, posting the following photo on Twitter and writing as a caption to it:

"I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham"

Ben Affleck Batman Photo

Affleck was confirmed as Batman in August, much to the chagrin of many movie fans.

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