The "X-Men" movies always were these bland excursions into pointless storytelling serving no other purpose than being showcases for bland teenagers and bland twenty something's demonstrating the one individual power they have. "Oh look....fire shoots out of his fingertips!!"...."Oh look....he can levitate stuff."....."Oh look...she can cause people to bleed internally just by touching them!!"...."Oh look...she can command the weather just like 'ISIS' did on Saturday mornings in the 1970s!!" That shit gets really old...really fast...if that's all a superhero series of movies has to offer. And indeed, in the case of the "X-Men" movies....it got really old...really fast....around "X-Men 2." Because sandwiched in between all of that nonsense (in all of the "X-Men" movies thus far) was melodramatic plot and not interesting in the slightest character development that you just didn't give two shits about as a moviegoer.
I think there is a logical reason why "X-Men 1" and "X-Men 2" were initially successful in the early 2000s, and this reason has nothing to do with Bryan Singer or what the "X-Men" movies were trying to be....
In the early 2000s, the superhero fan community was still shell shocked and outraged over what Joel Schumacker had done to the "Batman" movie franchise with "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin." They were hungry for serious and respectful superhero movie(s) since the last serious superhero movies as of the early 2000s were "Batman" in 1989 and "Batman Forever" in 1992. Along comes Bryan Singer's "X-Men 1" and "X-Men 2" in the early 2000s. Both movies were and are vastly overrated...and the only reason why they were so embraced at the times of their releases by the superhero fan community is because they were medicine to this fan community after Joel Schumacker's "Batman" movies grasping for anything to be an antidote to those movies. This fan community convinced themselves that these "X-Men" movies were the coming of the second Messiah after Joel Schumacker's "Batman" movies even though these "X-Men" movies weren't very good as standalone entertainment.
The decade of the 2000s continued to slog on with each successive "X-Men" movie actually being worse than the first two...and with diminishing Box Office returns with each new movie.
The decade of the 2010s is a very different era than when the first two "X-Men" movies were released. A lot has happened since 2000. Mainly, other filmmakers have come along proving that they are infinitely more talented at directing serious superhero movies than Bryan Singer ever was. Joss Whedon ("The Avengers")....Jon Favreau ("Iron Man")....Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel")....Christopher Nolan ("Dark Knight Rises".) The withering and elderly "X-Men" movie franchise is now sharing the spotlight with other superhero movies better produced, better directed, and better written than it ever thought of being.
I suspect that the summer of 2014 will not be a pretty one for "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Aside from being an elderly and worn out movie franchise, it will also be competing with "Captain America 2" and "Spiderman 2." Two brand new superhero movie franchises with impressive inaugural movies.
Prediction? Soft domestic performance, less than the last one. Stronger international performance. Quicker than usual DVD release. What the "X-Men" movies usually do in diminishing returns. Bryan Singer won't be "King of The World" after this movie if in fact he directed it.
The first "X-Men" movie (2000) directed by Bryan Singer was the first major superhero movie to come out of Hollywood since Joel Schumacker's "Batman & Robin" movie (1997). It just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
Read the books Universal Studios has tried and failed to censor on Amazon.com...
And read these books at another location where Universal Studios executives and its stealth marketers won't be able to post negative, misleading (stealth marketed) reviews of the books via them purchasing candy and Rogaine Foam on Amazon.com (allowing them access to the Amazon book review section) and not actually buying and reading the books. I'll leave the other 150 global locations under wraps for now.