June 6, 2011 by Vinnie Leduc
Marvel’s prequel reboot, X-Men: First Class, opened with $56 million and knocked The Hangover: Part II off the top spot. First Class‘ first take matched Thor‘s attendance numbers but barely edged out the original X-Men‘s opening over a decade ago. Considering that this doesn’t take into account inflation since then and that X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuted with $85 million two years ago, First Class‘ opening weekend is slightly disappointing. However, favorable critical reception (ours included) should lengthen its box office stay, and 20th Century Fox has confirmed that First Class‘ gross was encouraging enough to launch a new X-Men trilogy.
Both Bridesmaids and Kung Fu Panda 2 crossed the $100 million mark domestically, and Fast Five became the first film of the year to cross the $200 million mark domestically, but both Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Hangover: Part II are close behind and will likely overtake Fast Five in the next week, when J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 opens.
Here were the top 5 last weekend via BOM:
- X-Men: First Class — Weekend Gross: $56 million — Total Gross: $56 million (new)
- The Hangover: Part II — Weekend Gross: $32.4 million — Total Gross: $186.9 million (#1 last weekend)
- Kung Fu Panda 2 — Weekend Gross: $24.3 million — Total Gross: $100.4 million (#2 last weekend)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — Weekend Gross: $18 million — Total Gross: $190.3 million (#3 last weekend)
- Bridesmaids — Weekend Gross: $12.1 million — Total Gross: $107.3 million (#4 last weekend)