At The Movies: ‘X-Men: First Class’ Easily Takes Weekend Box Office With $56M

By BallerStatus News Staff  |  06/06/2011

X-Men First ClassThere wasn't much competition, as far as new films at this weekend's box office, so the brand new installment of the "X-Men" movie franchise easily took the top spot, and recorded some solid numbers.

The film, "X-Men: First Class", debuts at #1, earning $56 million weekend over the weekend. It chronicling the years of the comic-book mutants in a time period before the already released triolgy. However, it wasn't the smash hit that the older versions of the X-Men were.

Debut weekends for the last three "X-Men" flicks ranged from $85.1 million to $102.8 million. The original "X-Men" opened 11 years ago with $54.5 million, but that would amount to about $80 million today adjusting for inflation.

Still, the studios said they reached their goal.

"This is just an excellent start in launching a brand new chapter of the 'X-Men' franchise," Fox distribution executive Chris Aronson told the Associated Press, dismissing comparisons to the $85.1 million debut of Hugh Jackman's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in 2009.

"You can't compare this one to any of the other 'X-Men' movies, except maybe" the first one, Aronson said. "Something like 'Wolverine' is a totally unfair comparison because that had a bonafide worldwide star in Hugh Jackman and arguably the most popular character in the 'X-Men' stable."

The previous weekend's top movie, "The Hangover Part II," fell to second-place with $32.4 million this weekend, taking its domestic total to $186.9 million.

"Kung Fu Panda 2" fell to #3 with $24.3 million; "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" takes #4 with $18, bringing its total $190 million; and "Bridesmaids" fell to #5 with $12.1 million.

That's a wrap for this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of the comedy "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer", and the Spielberg sci-fi "Super 8."

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1 - "X-Men: First Class," $56 million.
2 - "The Hangover Part II," $32.4 million.
3 - "Kung Fu Panda 2," $24.3 million.
4 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," $18 million.
5 - "Bridesmaids," $12.1 million.
6 - "Thor," $4.2 million.
7 - "Fast Five," $3.2 million.
8 - "Midnight in Paris," $2.9 million.
9 - "Jumping the Broom," $865,000.
10 - "Something Borrowed," $835,000.