X-Men: First Class opens in wide release this weekend. The mutant franchise has the week to itself as it goes back to ... more
X-Men: First Class opens in wide release this weekend. The mutant franchise has the week to itself as it goes back to the 1960's origins the Professor X and Magneto split. It will be the fifth X-Men movie since the first debuted in the summer of 2000 and the second movie looking back an origin tale. The defining characteristic of the X-Men movies has been front-loaded opens and rapid drop-offs. Each successive film has grossed a progressively larger percentage of its total box office in the first weekend, culminating with Wolverine grossing over 47% all its theatrical revenue within the first three days. 20th Century Fox blamed the box office troubles on piracy, but still pulled in $85 million. That was less than the $103 million from X-men: The Last Stand, but in line with X2. Traders over at Hollywood Stock Exchange are looking for First Class' first weekend to come up short of $80 million. Adjusted for ticket prices, that would be the lowest debut for the franchise. However, with essentially a new lease of the franchise, perhaps First Class will turn around the declining post-opening weekend trend.
Last weekend in cinemas, The Hangover 2 beat even some of the most optimistic predictions by racking up a five-day total of nearly $138 million. The 3-day total was $86 million, nearly double the original's first weekend. However, even with the huge head start, Hangover 2 isn't ensured that it'll surpass the Las Vegas version's total box office of $277 million. A few weekend drops of over 50% for the Bangkok sequel and the original could hold on to its record. The news wasn't as great for Kung Fu Panda 2 in second place with $68 million over 5-days. Despite the holiday, Jack Black wasn't able to significantly outperform the original's ticket sales of $60 million in three days.