X-Men: First Class Debuts at Top (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Sunday, June 05, 2011


We have a new box office victor to discuss with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class taking down the first weekend win of June. The early look into classic Marvel superheroes---helmed by Matthew Vaughn---entered 3,641 theaters across the nation and pulled in $56.0 million as a result, averaging a respectable $15,380 per showing.
While the opening tally comes in ahead of the $45-55 million projection from Fox insiders, it’s less than the debuts of previous X-Men installments. Bryan Singer’s original X-Men installment pulled in $54.4 million back in 2000 but with inflation tacked on, it would be around the $80 million mark today. In the same showdown its predecessors X2 ($85.5), X-Men: The Last Stand ($102.7) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.0) all managed debuts over the past decade.
But as we say above, this origin tale which features a cadre of rising stars---James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till---met the expectations of the studio. The reboot also grabbed another $64 million from 74 foreign markets to make for a worldwide cume of $120 million after just three days of release. With a budget reportedly set at a price of $140 million as well as positive feedback scores from critics and fans alike, it certainly could have box office legs to stand on over the next month. And Fox executives seem to have the same outlook after its debut weekend.
“The movie really excelled in successfully launching a brand new chapter in the X-Men franchise, or new beginning if you will,” Fox senior vice president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said.
Males made up 58% of the audience, while 54% were over the age of 25. 
Following in 2nd place was last weekend’s champion, The Hangover Part II. Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedic sequel pulled in another $32.4 million in its second frame, a steep 62% drop from its opening score. We find it very hard to believe studio execs being upset about that drop-off, however, as the film grabbed $117.5 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday in last weekend’s report. With their second round in the bag the comedy has pulled in $186.8 million after 11 days of release. Tack on the $151.5 million it made from early foreign market venues and you have a global gross of $338.3 million versus a budget of just $80 million. It amounts to a very profitable venture for the people at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Taking down the 3rd place spot is last weekend’s runner-up, Kung Fu Panda 2, which kicked up another $24.3 million in coin this weekend. The latest numbers has the DreamWorks Animation sequel crossing the $100 million mark with a domestic haul of $100.4 mil. It also has another $125 million overseas, increasing its worldwide tally to $225.4 million. The sequel’s budget is set at $150 million.
Walt Disney Pictures continues to pad onto their summer worldwide lead with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides digging up another $18.0 million in the 4th place spot. The studio’s latest numbers has the fourth installment of the Jack Sparrow franchise nearing the $200 million range. At the moment, it’s just short of the mark with $190.2 million domestic and another $600.4 million from international waters. When combined, the film edges ever closer to that $800 million global mark by finishing the weekend with a worldwide cume of f $790.6 million.
And taking up the 5th place spot is Universal’s raunchy female-led comedy, Bridesmaids. Their latest Judd Apatow-produced effort laughed up another $12.1 million in its fourth frame, increasing its domestic cume to $107.2 million. Not bad at all when considering they spent only $32.5 million to produce.
Before we go, it should also be noted that Universal’s sequel, Fast Five, managed to be the first film of this summer to cross the $200 million mark on the domestic side of the box office. With it racing up another $3.2 million in 7th place this weekend, it has found $202.0 million in the states since its debut at the first of May. It’s currently in 2nd place for the overall global summer race with a worldwide gross of $568.5 million.
Overall, Hollywood has to be pleased with their summer thus far with revenues up 30% over the same frame a year ago.

X-Men: First Class
$56.0 mil
$56.0 mil
Hangover Part II
$32.4 mil
$186.8 mil
Kung Fu Panda 2
$24.3 mil
$100.4 mil
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
$18.0 mil
$190.2 mil
$12.1 mil
$107.2 mil
$4.2 mil
$169.0 mil
Fast Five
$3.2 mil
$202.0 mil
Midnight in Paris
$2.9 mil
$6.9 mil
Jumping the Broom
$865 k
$35.9 mil
Something Borrowed
$835 k
$36.6 mil

Here’s the summer global race as they stack up now. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides continues to be the film to beat as it racks in amazing numbers from oversea territories.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Numbers:
Budget: $250 mil
Opening: $90.1 mil

Domestic: $190.2 mil
Foreign: $600.4 mil
Worldwide: $790.6 mil
Fast Five Numbers:
Budget: $125 mil
Opening: $86.1 mil

Domestic: $202.0 mil
Foreign: $366.5 mil
Worldwide: $568.5 mil
Thor Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $65.7 mil

Domestic: $169.0 mil
Foreign: $258.0 mil
Worldwide: $427.0 mil
The Hangover II Numbers:
Budget: $80 mil
Opening: $85.9 mil

Domestic: $186.8 mil
Foreign: $151.5 mil
Worldwide: $338.3 mil
Kung Fu Panda 2 Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $47.6 mil

Domestic: $100.4 mil
Foreign: $125.0 mil
Worldwide: $225.4 mil
X-Men: First Class Numbers:
Budget: $160 mil
Opening: $56.0 mil

Domestic: $56.0 mil
Foreign: $64.0 mil
Worldwide: $120.0 mil
Friday, June 10, 2011 Releases:
Super 8 (3,200+)
Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2,000+)
The Troll Hunter
Bride Flight
The Trip

Series: X-Men: First Class