It would of been close. Days of Future Past made a world total of $748 million and only made $233 million in the states. In today's dollars X2 made $309 million in the states. Usually more hype in America equals more hype overseas, so it could of made more money overseas than DoFP did. On top of that, in the early 2000's movies received less advertising and played in less theatres than they do today, so it could of made even more if it had the same quality and hype of today's standards that it had in 2003.
Well yeah, the story with Storm and Mystique I referenced in my post is something I didn't find about until earlier this year, and it is kind of necessary to read considering it ties into the direct events of the X-Men continuity at the time, which is what prompted me to make that point. How would you know to read it seeing it isn't really referenced anywhere?
Ann Nocienti told us where to read a lot of it in the editors notes, but yeah, there was some stuff that couldn't be found without a guide.
Understandable. I enjoyed how the X-Men faced down anything and everything, I think it helped them carve out their identity as opposed to the characters that just face "evil mutants" or to a lesser extent, the 90's, where they were primarily about "terrorists" the government and "muh feelz"
Actually, I feel like the 90's is what turned me off of sci-fi in X-Men. Everything had over-the-top sci-fi elements during the decade. They couldn't even fight Magneto without him being in space. The new villains, like Exodus and Phalanx, were inspired by science fiction. There was also men out of time like Bishop and Cable, and many cyborgs, like Cable, Liefield's Weapon X, Ellsie, Albert, and all of the new Reavers that came around during the decade. There was also a bunch of clone stories. It was revealed that with the exception of Sabretooth, all of the reavers were clones, because the originals had died in combat. There was also Joseph and Strife. The only down to earth stories seemed to be the "muh feelz" stories.
I read a lot of the 90's stuff before reading all of Claremont's run, so maybe that's what burnt me out on it.
I actually liked that about their take on the X-Men in my opinion. Gave it a self contained feeling in some ways. Thats just me though.
It depends on how you look at it. It's cool if you only want to read those runs, but if you're reading everything, it seems strange how Beast never mentions Psylocke dying in his arms right before the start of New X-Men. Most of it isn't bad, but there are a few extreme examples that felt like they should of been talked about.