X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to dominate the global box office this weekend, opening in 80 international markets over the same weekend it makes its debut in North America.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Fox International launched the seventh entry in the X-Men franchise on Wednesday (May 21) in France and on Thurs (May 22) in markets including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Russia, South Korea and the UK (where a holiday weekend should help to boost the local take).

The comic book-based action adventure arrives in China and Mexico on Friday (May 23).

The global launch is likely to set X-Men: Days of Future Past on course for an impressive box office haul. The sixth X-Men film, The Wolverine, took $87.2m (from 101 markets) over its first weekend in international markets in July 2013 and went on to gross $282.3m from international and $414.8m worldwide.

The franchise’s fifth entry, X-Men: First Class, started with an international opening of $61m (from 69 markets) in June 2011 and ended up with $207.2m internationally and $353.6m worldwide.

In North America, Days is expected to open with a take of around $100m over the four days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Also making its international debut this weekend is Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy Blended, which Warner Bros Pictures International opened in the UK on Friday, day-and-date with the film’s North American launch. 

Elsewhere this weekend, Universal Pictures International gives Grace of Monaco a limited release in Russia, Her a limited launch in Korea and Ride Along (which had taken $19.1m internationally as of May 19) a release in Italy.

Among holdovers, Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures International, is likely to add another big take to an international gross that had reached $135.6m by Friday.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, from Sony Pictures Releasing International, should see its international tally, which as of Thursday stood at $475.3m, get close to $500m.

Frozen, from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI), had taken $811.1m internationally as of Thursday and could this weekend overtake Iron Man 3 to become the fifth biggest global earner of all time.

Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, meanwhile, had reached $453.1m internationally as of Thurs, according to WDSMPI.

Fox International reported international totals as of Tuesday (May 20) of $323.2m for Rio 2, $162.1m (including non-Fox territories) for Mr Peabody & Sherman and $130.8m for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The Grand Budapest Hotel has reached nearly $98m internationally, according to Fox.