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X-Men: First Class Debuts at Top

Matthew Vaughn's X-Men prequel grabs $120 mil worldwide.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 05, 2011


Matthew Vaughn's early look into X-Men lands victorious at the box office
© 20th Century Fox, Marvel

 

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.
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
X-Men: First Class
$56.0 mil
3,641
$15,380
$56.0 mil
$160
2
Hangover Part II
$32.4 mil
3,615
$8,975
$186.8 mil
$80
3
Kung Fu Panda 2
$24.3 mil
3,952
$6,149
$100.4 mil
$150
4
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
$18.0 mil
3,966
$4,541
$190.2 mil
$250
5
Bridesmaids
$12.1 mil
2,919
$4,155
$107.2 mil
$32.5
6
Thor
$4.2 mil
2,780
$1,511
$169.0 mil
$150
7
Fast Five
$3.2 mil
2,237
$1,450
$202.0 mil
$125
8
Midnight in Paris
$2.9 mil
147
$19,837
$6.9 mil
$30
9
Jumping the Broom
$865 k
589
$1,469
$35.9 mil
$6.6
10
Something Borrowed
$835 k
688
$1,214
$36.6 mil
$35

 
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:
Wide
Super 8 (3,200+)
Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2,000+)
Limited
The Troll Hunter
Bride Flight
The Trip

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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madmanic999 6/5/2011 11:49:11 AM

Like I said, I understand the continuity complaints, but I really enjoyed the movie... I think it will have some staying power and float in the top 5 over the next 3 weeks bringing a nice tidy some for Fox, which means, you guessed it, more Fox mutant movies!

Tienaai 6/5/2011 12:16:08 PM

Hmm...I was expecting more.  I didn't go...rental for sure, but I was happy with the good reviews and the trailer.  I figured it would be in the 75-80 range.  Nice second weekend for the wolfpack....and glad to see Jack and the gang will easily pull in over 800 million.  Good movie...great fun.  I am gaining interest in Super 8, but not enough to buy a ticket.  Next one on the horizon is Transformers 3...let the hatred begin, but that baby will break the 125 million/weekend mark for sure. 

Wiseguy 6/5/2011 12:20:51 PM

Well well, all I recall is Movieguy disagreeing with me predicting First Class would do less than THOR while he was calling for 85 to 110mil. Oh and violator saying "Dont have to be a rocket scientist to know Xmen will bring in more money than Thor guys!" which I guess makes me some sort of super genius by my genius level math
Anyway, were I not a bigger man I may say something like nana nana boo boo stick your head in doo doo, I'm better than you or IN YOUR FACE IN YOUR FACE. So no I won't stoop to that level and say nana nana boo boo stick your head in doo doo, I'm better than you or even  IN YOUR FACE IN YOUR FACE ;-) I'm gonna act like I've been here before :) jk guys haha

 

raa2001 6/5/2011 12:21:53 PM

 Yeah, as much as I don't like the continuity issues, I hope to see many more X-Men films. It would be nice if Marvel Entertainment gets full control over the franchise oneday and make a much greater X-Men film.

wessmith1966 6/5/2011 12:40:23 PM

While the film strayed from canon I thought it was pretty darn good and a lot better than I expected for a Fox comic book movie. I still would have preferred the comic version of the first class I thought the movie delivered in all aspects. The cameo in the film was great too, especially since I didn't know it was coming.

Wiseguy 6/5/2011 12:40:35 PM

kaw-kaw kaw-kaw oh yeah those are crows. And after looking over some of Movieguy's predictions for Thor, POTC and X-Men I'm sending him not one crow but a flock. bon appetit ;-) Just joshing MG but seriously, bon appetit

wessmith1966 6/5/2011 12:41:19 PM

And someone please, please, pretty please give January Jones a sandwich.

samson 6/5/2011 1:18:13 PM

Will see Xmen this week. Hopefully, tomorrow if I can break free.  Everyone I know who have seen this installment loved it. And these are guys who've been reading Xmen comics since the Hell Fire Club was introduced. Nothing but good reviews all around.

Actually, while I didn't think X3 was great. I thought the action made it fun to watch. Ratner captured one of the elements that was missing from the Singer X films; a sense of team work while fighting. We finally got to see them training in the Danger Room and them working together while fighting villians. The 90's cartoon captured that well, while Singer would split them off, old school Hollywood style, to fight their respective evil counter part. Singer's action sequenses were good, but his fight scenes, like his female casting choices (Storm and Lois Lane) were lacking.

I'm guessing First Class will combine all of the elements into one big, X-tastic, X-gasm. ...lol Can't wait to see it.

InnerSanctum 6/5/2011 1:35:03 PM

 Obviously, despite being panned across the critical board...everyone keeps forking out money to see the Hangover 2 travesty.  Box office doesn't dictate quality.  

Clownican 6/5/2011 1:47:19 PM

I think X-Men will have legs. Though I could be wrong. Seems lately that terrible movies like Transformers and Twilight make the big bucks.

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