'X-Men: First Class' Box Office: Least Attended 'X-Men' Movie

by Zac Gille

June 10

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, and Jason Flemyng, X-Men: First Class scored $4.02 million at the North America box office on Thursday, June 9, according to Box Office Mojo.

Since Monday, X-Men: First Class has lost 26 percent of its box office take. For comparison's sake: Thor was down 25 percent during the same period in its first week out. Fast Five was down 34 percent; two years ago, X-Men: Wolverine was down 36 percent (earning $3.47 million on Thursday at 4,099 locations); and the original X-Men was down 33 percent back in 2000. In other words: perhaps because of the good reviews/good word-of-mouth, X-Men: First Class is holding up well.

Even so, X-Men: First Class should lose its position at the top of the domestic box office this weekend, as the J.J. Abrams-directed, Steven Spielberg-coproduced Super 8 is expected to top the chart and steal some of First Class' core audience.

Featuring Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, and Noah Emmerich, Super 8 is expected to rake in $30m-$35 million, including $1.5 million from Thursday sneak/midnight screenings. X-Men: First Class will follow the retro horror flick with about $25 million.

Unless, of course, Super 8 turns out to be merely a Twitter phenomenon, while X-Men: First Class proves itself as resilient over the weekend as it has been throughout the week.

Photo: X-Men: First Class (Murray Close / 20th Century Fox)

Gabriel Basso, Elle Fanning, Ryan Lee, Super 8
Gabriel Basso, Elle Fanning, Ryan Lee in J.J. Abrams' Super 8

Following Michael Fassbender-James McAvoy's X-Men: First Class at no. 2, The Hangover Part II brought in $2.84 million at the North America box office on Thursday, June 9, according to Box Office Mojo. The Todd Phillips comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha will pass the $200 million milestone some time today, its 16th day out.

With $198.06 million, The Hangover Part II is already ahead of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which has taken in $197.92 million in the U.S. and Canada after 21 days. The Hangover Part II will likely pass Fast Five $202m+ by Sunday, to become 2011's biggest domestic box office blockbuster to date. Overseas, however, On Stranger Tides still rules, having grossed an estimated $614 million so far.

At no. 3, Kung Fu Panda 2 took in $2.78 million. The animated actioner features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Gary Oldman.

Starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides added $1.92 million at no. 4. On Stranger Tides should pass the $200 million milestone some time today, though it'll remain behind The Hangover 2.

At no. 5, Bridesmaids pulled in $1.7 million. The Paul Feig-directed comedy features Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh.

At no. 6, newcomer Super 8, a Spielbergian horror flick directed by J.J. Abrams and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, raked in an estimated $1.5 million at sneak previews and midnight screenings at more than 1,000 locations on Thursday. That's less than half what Thor and X-Men: First Class collected at their initial midnight showings. Super 8 opened wide today and is expected to top a less effusive North American box office chart this weekend. Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, and Noah Emmerich star.

Kenneth Branagh-Chris Hemsworth's Thor drew $544,000 at no. 7. Thor was likely followed by Paul Walker-Vin Diesel's Fast Five, but figures were unavailable at Box Office Mojo.

Woody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris was next with $323,000. Midnight in Paris expands today to more than 900 locations.

Rounding out the top thirteen were Ginnifer Goodwin-Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed with $124,000, Jesse Eisenberg-Anne Hathaway's Rio with $122,000, Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson's Water for Elephants with $100,000, Paula Patton-Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $79,000.

Among the top twelve movies (barring Fast Five, of course), Midnight in Paris boasted the highest per-theater average, $2,199. Jumping the Broom had the lowest, $135.

Also among the top twelve, four movies were down; eight were up on Thursday. X-Men: First Class posted the highest Wednesday-to-Thursday drop-off rate, a minor down 5 percent. Rio posted the highest attendance increase, a surprisingly high up 20 percent.

Photo: Super 8 (François Duhamel / Paramount Pictures).

June 9

January Jones, X-Men: First Class
January Jones, X-Men: First Class

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne (now with two movies among the top five; Bridesmaids is the other one), January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, and Jason Flemyng, X-Men: First Class scored $4.23 million at the North America box office on Wednesday, June 8, according to Box Office Mojo.

At no. 2, The Hangover Part II brought in $2.9 million. The Todd Phillips comedy stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha.

At no. 3, Kung Fu Panda 2 took in $2.42 million. The China-set animated actioner features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Gary Oldman.

Starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides added $1.85 million at no. 4.

At no. 5, Bridesmaids pulled in $1.63 million. The Paul Feig-directed comedy features Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh.

Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, drew $510,000 at no. 6.

Next in line were Paul Walker-Vin Diesel's Fast Five with $335k and Woody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris with $334,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Ginnifer Goodwin-Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed with $117,000, Jesse Eisenberg-Anne Hathaway's Rio with $102,000, Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson's Water for Elephants with $95,000, Paula Patton-Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $82,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Midnight in Paris boasted the highest per-theater average, $2,275. Jumping the Broom had the lowest, $141.

Also among the top twelve, X-Men: First Class posted the highest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, down 16 percent. Fast Five posted the lowest, down 3 percent. Midnight in Paris, Rio, and Jumping the Broom were the only three movies to be up, 3.5 percent, 2.1 percent, and 2 percent, respectively.

Photo: X-Men: First Class (Murray Close / 20th Century Fox)

June 8

January Jones, X-Men: First Class
January Jones, X-Men: First Class

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, and Jason Flemyng, X-Men: First Class scored $5.07 million at the North America box office on Tuesday, June 7, according to Box Office Mojo.

At no. 2, The Hangover Part II brought in $3.25 million. The Todd Phillips comedy stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha. Some time next weekend The Hangover Part II should become the top 2011 release at the North American box office, surpassing both Fast Five and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Current totals: The Hangover Part II, $192m; Fast Five, $202m; On Stranger Tides, $194 million.

At no. 3, Kung Fu Panda 2 took in $2.7 million. The China-set animated actioner features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Gary Oldman.

Starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides added $2.09 million at no. 4.

At no. 5, Bridesmaids pulled in $1.72 million. The Paul Feig-directed comedy features Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne (now with two movies among the top five), and Jill Clayburgh.

Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, drew $550,000 at no. 6.

Next in line were Paul Walker-Vin Diesel's Fast Five with $347k and Woody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris with $323,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Ginnifer Goodwin-Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed with $129,000, Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson's Water for Elephants with $105,000, Jesse Eisenberg-Anne Hathaway's Rio with $100,000, Paula Patton-Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $81,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Midnight in Paris boasted the highest per-theater average, $2,198. Jumping the Broom had the lowest, $138.

Also among the top twelve, Water for Elephants posted the highest Monday-to-Tuesday attendance increase, 23 percent. Fast Five posted the lowest, up 0.1 percent. X-Men: First Class and Jumping the Broom were the only two movies to be down, down 7 percent and down 5 percent, respectively.

Photo: X-Men: First Class (Murray Close / 20th Century Fox)

June 6

Michael Fassbender, X-Men: First Class
Michael Fassbender, X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class scored $55.1 million – including about $3.37 million from Thursday midnight screenings – in North America over the June 3-5 weekend, according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust), produced by Bryan Singer, and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, and Jason Flemyng, the X-Men prequel was the least attended of all the X-Men films. Even so, a movie that earns $55 million in its first three days could hardly be considered a flop – a disappointment for those who were expecting figures to at least match Thor's $65 million opening.

X-Men: First Class' per-theater average was a solid – though hardly outstanding – $15,134 at 3,641 locations. Official budget: $160 million.

Now, the good news: X-Men: First Class opened in 74 territories, grossing an estimated $61 million – a figure similar to that of X-Men Origins: Wolverine a couple of years ago as per Box Office Mojo's Brandon Gray. Now, the US dollar was generally stronger two years ago; that does make a difference when comparing international grosses.

In any case, X-Men: First Class performed particularly well in the United Kingdom, France, and East Asian countries, especially South Korea and Taiwan, where it far outperformed Wolverine.

Photo: X-Men: First Class (Murray Close / 20th Century Fox)

Johnny Depp, Kevin McNally, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Kevin McNally, Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Featuring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha, Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part II was down a worrisome 63 percent on its second weekend out (June 3-5), bringing in $31.38 million at the North American box office according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo.

And remember, Friday last week wasn't even the widely panned comedy's first day out: The Hangover 2 opened on Wednesday at midnight. For comparison's sake, the original The Hangover, which did open on a Friday, was down 27 percent on its second weekend out.

The Hangover 2's domestic total: $185.8 million. Worldwide total: $337.3 million. Cost: $80 million.

At no. 3, Kung Fu Panda 2 took in $23.88 million (down 50 percent). The China-set animated actioner features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Gary Oldman. Domestic total: $100.02 million. Worldwide total: $225.02 million. Cost: $150 million.

Starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides added $17.95 million (down 55 percent) at no. 4. Domestic total: $190.2 million. Worldwide total: $790.6 million. Cost: $250 million.

With $600.4 million internationally, On Stranger Tides' is the 16th biggest overseas grosser ever (not adjusted for inflation, currency fluctuations). On Stranger Tides has been out for two and half weeks. With $69.4 million, it was the weekend's biggest box office hit internationally, beating X-Men: First Class.

At no. 5, Bridesmaids pulled in $12.04 million. The Paul Feig-directed comedy features Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh. With a cume of $107.16 million, Bridesmaids passed the $100 million milestone this past weekend. Cost: $32.5 million.

Photo: Fast Five (Universal Pictures).

Paul Walker, Fast Five
Paul Walker, Fast Five

At no. 6, Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, drew $4.25 million (down 55 percent) at the North American box office according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Thor's domestic total: $169.12 million. Worldwide: $427.1 million. Cost: $150 million.

Next in line was Paul Walker-Vin Diesel's Fast Five with $3.16 million (down 51 percent) at no. 7. Domestic total: $201.97 million, having thus just passed the $200 million milestone. Worldwide total: $568.4 million. Cost (official): $125m; (unofficial): $175 million.

Woody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris brought in $2.76 at no. 8, up 44 percent after expanding from 58 to 147 theaters. Domestic total: $6.79 million. Worldwide: $18.32 million. Cost: $30 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were:

  • Ginnifer Goodwin-Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed with $848k (-54 percent). Domestic total: $36.67 million. Cost: $35 million.
  • Paula Patton-Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $844k (-54 percent). Domestic total: $35.9 million. Cost: $6.6 million.
  • Jesse Eisenberg-Anne Hathaway's Rio with $738k (-59 percent). Domestic total: $6.79 million. Worldwide: $456.2 million. Cost: $90 million.
  • Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson's Water for Elephants with $694k (-36 percent). Domestic total: $55.73 million. Worldwide: $101.13 million. Cost: $38 million.

At no. 13, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life continued to perform well. Now at 20 sites, the esoteric Palme d'Or-winning family drama starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain grossed $618,000, averaging an impressive $30,915 per theater.

Note: Worldwide totals at the bottom of the list, e.g., Rio, Water for Elephants, may be off by a week or so.

Gone from the top twelve was Paul Bettany-Cam Gigandet's Priest.

Among the top twelve movies, Midnight in Paris boasted the highest per-theater average, $18,843, followed by X-Men: First Class' $15,134. Rio had the lowest, $1,069.

Also among the top twelve (excepting newcomer X-Men: First Class), Midnight in Paris posted the only weekend-to-weekend attendance increase, up 44 percent. The Hangover Part II posted the highest drop-off rate, down 63 percent; Bridesmaids posted the lowest, down 27 percent.

Photo: Midnight in Paris (Roger Arpajou / Sony Pictures Classics)

June 4

January Jones, Kevin Bacon, X-Men: First Class
January Jones, Kevin Bacon, X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class scored $21 million – including $3.37 million from Thursday midnight screenings – in North America on Friday, June 3, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust), produced by Bryan Singer, and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, and Jason Flemyng, the X-Men prequel will likely reach $53m-$55 million over the weekend, which places its revenues near the lower end of expectations.

For comparison's sake: Thor's Friday debut brought in $25.5 million a few weeks ago (admittedly, the Kenneth Branagh-directed action-fantasy had the advantage of revenue-boosting 3D ticket prices). Starring Hugh Jackman, X-Men: Wolverine grossed $34 million on opening day two years ago. Starring Edward Norton, The Incredible Hulk collected $21.45 million on its first Friday out in 2008, while the original X-Men grossed $20.78 million back in 2000, or the equivalent of $30 million today. In other words, on its first day out X-Men: First Class sold about 30 percent fewer tickets than the original eleven years ago.

X-Men: First Class' per-theater average was a solid – though hardly outstanding – $5,768 at 3,641 locations.

Photo: X-Men: First Class (Murray Close / 20th Century Fox)

Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Zach Galifianakis, The Hangover Part II
Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Zach Galifianakis, The Hangover Part II

Featuring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha, Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part II plummeted on its second Friday out, bringing in $10.46 million at the North American box office on June 3 according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Though still way ahead of the original The Hangover two years ago, The Hangover 2 was down 65 percent compared to the week before. And remember, Friday last week wasn't even the comedy's first day out: The Hangover 2 opened on Wednesday at midnight. For comparison's sake, the original The Hangover was down 38 percent on its second Friday out – which happened to be opening day. (Box-office figures are, for obvious reasons, unusually high on “debut Fridays”; as a result, the ensuing Friday-to-Friday drop tends to be more marked.)

The Hangover 2's total after nine days: $164.88 million. The Hangover's total after nine days: $94.88 million.

Estimates predicting that The Hangover 2 would gross $35m-$40 million this weekend now seem a tad rosy. Even so, within the next week or so expect The Hangover 2 to become the biggest domestic box office hit of 2011, surpassing both Fast Five and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Photo: The Hangover Part II (Melinda Sue Gordon / Warner Bros.)

Following Michael Fassbender-James McAvoy-Jennifer Lawrence's X-Men: First Class and Bradley Cooper-Zach Galifianakis-Ed Helms' The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda 2 took in $6.25 million at the North American box office on Friday, June 3, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

The China-set animated actioner features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Gary Oldman.

Starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides added $5.08 million at no. 4.

At no. 5, Bridesmaids pulled in $3.62 million. The Paul Feig-directed comedy features Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh. With a cume of $98.74 million, Bridesmaids will definitely pass the $100 million milestone some time today.

At no. 6, Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, drew $1.17 million.

Next in line were Paul Walker-Vin Diesel's Fast Five with $962,000 at no. 7 andWoody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris with $705,000 at no. 8 – after expanding from 58 to 147 theaters. Midnight in Paris posted a solid $4,796 per-theater average on Friday – it may reach $15,000 for the weekend – which means there's still quite a bit of room for further expansions. As for Fast Five, it'll pass the $200 million milestone some time today.

Rounding out the top twelve were Ginnifer Goodwin-Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed with $265,000; Paula Patton-Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $240,000; Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson's Water for Elephants with $200,000; Jesse Eisenberg-Anne Hathaway's Rio with $185,000.

At no. 13, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life continued to perform well. Now at 20 sites, the esoteric Palme d'Or-winning family drama starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain grossed $180,000, averaging an excellent $9,000 per theater.

Gone from the top twelve on Friday was Paul Bettany-Cam Gigandet's Priest.

Among the top twelve movies, X-Men: First Class boasted the highest per-theater average, $5,768, enhanced by the fantasy-actioner's Thursday midnight screenings. Rio had the lowest, $268.

Also among the top twelve (excepting newcomer X-Men: First Class), after nearly tripling its number of locations Midnight in Paris posted the highest Thursday-to-Friday attendance increase, up 284 percent. After losing nearly 1,000 venues, Rio posted the lowest, up 8 percent.

Photo: The Tree of Life (Merie Wallace / 20th Century Fox)

June 4 early morning

Caleb Landry Jones Michael Fassbender Jennifer Lawrence X-Men: First Class
Caleb Landry Jones, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, X-Men: First Class

Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, featuring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, and others, opened with an estimated $21 million on Friday, June 3, including about $3.3 million from midnight screenings, according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com.

If those estimates are correct, X-Men: First Class is expected to earn $53 million over the weekend; in other words, at the lower end of expectations and considerably less than Thor's $65.7 million (though, admittedly, Thor had the advantage of costlier 3D tickets).

Deadline's Nikki Finke quotes a Fox executive saying the studio expects X-Men: First Class to land “somewhere around Batman Begins ($48.7 million) and X-Men ($54.4 million.” Minor detail: in (approximate) 2011 dollars, Batman Begins would have earned $60 million and X-Men $79 million.*

Also on Friday, The Hangover Part II, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms, collected an estimated $11 million, and is expected to reach $35 million for the weekend. That figure is lower than many pundits had predicted.

At no. 3, Kung Fu Panda 2 drew an estimated $6.2 million on Friday. The weekend haul is expected to be $22 million.

Next in line are Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with $4.9 million on Friday and $16.5 million for the weekend, and Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids with $3.5 million on Friday and $12 million for the weekend.

Remember, those are unofficial early, rough estimates. Official Friday estimates will come out Saturday morning. Weekend estimates will be released on Sunday, and weekend box office actuals will come out on Monday. Expect some figures to go up; others to go down.

* Using the “movie inflation calculator” found at Box Office Mojo, which, generally speaking, reflects “average” ticket prices each year based on estimates by the National Association of Theater Owners.

Photo: X-Men: First Class (Murray Close / 20th Century Fox)

June 3

Michael Fassbender as Magneto, X-Men: First Class
Michael Fassbender as Magneto, X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class scored $3.37 million in Thursday midnight screenings at 1,783 locations in North America, reports Box Office Mojo. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust), produced by Bryan Singer, and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, and Jason Flemyng, the X-Men prequel is expected to gross somewhere between $50m-$70 million in North America this weekend.

For comparison's sake: Marvel hero Thor earned $3.25 million at midnight screenings at 1,800 sites; the Kenneth Branagh-directed fantasy-adventure went on to gross $65.72 million on its first weekend out. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides took in $4.7 million at midnight screenings, going on to gross $90.15 million over the weekend. Fast Five pulled in $3.8 million at midnight, and grossed $86.19 million over the weekend. Note: both Thor and On Stranger Tides were boosted by costlier 3D ticket prices.

Also worth noting, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, brought in $5 million at midnight screenings in May 2009. Starring Hugh Jackman, Wolverine collected $85.95 million on its first weekend.

So far this year, Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part II is the midnight record-holder, having collected $10.4 million.

Photo: X-Men: First Class (Murray Close / 20th Century Fox)

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androidet -

Of the original trilogy, the 1st X-Men movie still rates the best…..until now.This prequel is an absolute stunner – from storyboard, script, mutant characters, pace, cinematography, Foley FX, VFX….you get the picture. The truth is, the subtitle for this movie may be X-Men: Origins. The poignant beginnings of Magneto and Mystique are recounted, as well as the remarkable powers of Professor X. Yes, indeed! The good professor had lots of goodies (and hair) in his formative years at Oxford University. I cannot wait to see X-Men prequel II and III, 3D or not.

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zac -

huh… “plummets” as in compared to the previous week?

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JG -

mmmm. plummets….. really

box office mojo reports:
total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $185,808,194 55.1%
+ Foreign: $151,500,000 44.9%
= Worldwide: $337,308,194

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sissi212 -

It's no surprise that the hangover 2 is doing so well it was absolutely hilarious!
Congratulations once again!

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