Box office update: 'X-Men: First Class' opens to an underwhelming $21 mil on Friday


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It’s not easy starting over. X-Men: First Class found that out on Friday as it grossed $21 million, according to early estimates. While that’s a debut many movies would die for, it’s a disappointment compared to other X-Men and Marvel movies.

The original X-Men brought in nearly the same amount ($20.8 million) its opening day, but that was way back in 2000. In today’s dollars, X-Men‘s opening would rise to $30.3 million. The other X-Men entries — X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine — earned $31.2 million, $45.1 million, and $34.4 million on their first days. This is simply a lengthy way of saying that First Class had the smallest opening-day attendance of the series. It also fell short of other recent Marvel-based films, including Thor ($25.5 million) and The Incredible Hulk ($21.5 million). However, Fox’s reboot of the mutant-superhero franchise did earn the series’ best reviews since X2, so there’s a chance the $160 million action film will hold up well the following weeks. For this weekend, however, First Class will have to settle for about $54 million.

Most holdovers witnessed significant drops from last weekend’s Memorial Day frame. The Hangover Part II plunged 65 percent for $10.5 million. The R-rated comedy sequel is on pace for a $33 million weekend, which would push the Wolf Pack’s two-week total past $187 million. In third, Kung Fu Panda 2 descended 52 percent, which is surprising considering it’s the only children’s film in wide release. With an estimated $23 million gross this weekend, Panda 2 will have accumulated a little less than $100 million in two weeks. By comparison, the first Kung Fu Panda movie had tallied $117.3 million after two weekends. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides fell to fourth place with $5.1 million — a 53-percent drop. Bridesmaids, on the other hand, continued to show off its stamina by slipping only 23 percent for $3.6 million. The R-rated wedding comedy will cross $100 million today.

Check back on Sunday for the complete box office report.

1. X-Men: First Class — $21.0 mil
2. The Hangover Part II — $10.5 mil
3. Kung Fu Panda 2 — $6.3 mil
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — $5.1 mil
5. Bridesmaids — $3.6 mil

Box office preview: X-Men: First Class intends to lead the way

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  • joe

    I actually think 20 million is good as its a prequel and the last 2 xmen movies were really bad. Plus as stated it will hold up well due to really good reviews. This is like a slow comeback for xmen movies:)

    • Woot

      I agree, I don’t think this opening is that bad considering that the previous two X-men were underwhelming. Though good reviews don’t necessarily equal good legs, especially with comic book movies. Remember Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim?

      • joe

        Kick Ass and Scott Pilgrim only appealed to teenagers so I think that’s why they both never have long runs though.

      • darclyte

        I’m guessing you both mean X3 and Wolverine as the “last two X-Men movies,” since X2 was probably the best of the bunch.

      • joe

        Haha yes xmen 3 and xmen origins:Wolverine is what I was referring to. The first two Xmen movies were awesome:)

      • Woot

        Those were also the movies I were referring to.

      • Will E.

        X-Men Origins made $85 million in its opening weekend, and X-Men 3 made $105 million its opening weekend…and that is just domestically. I looked them up on I do not think that this will even beat Wolverine. Sorry, good reviews or bad, this movie is going to be seen as a failure money wise. Unless it has a monster Saturday and Sunday.

      • Alee

        Scott Pilgrim deserves its failure. It was a terrible film with an incredibly bad actor in the lead (who always plays himself)

      • JPX

        “considering that the previous two X-men were underwhelming.” Are you nuts? X-Men 2 is the best of the series and one of the best comic book movies ever.

      • And people wonder…

        @ JPX I believe he was referring to X-Men 3 and Wolverine: Origins.

      • Anonymous

        Scott Pilgrim was a great movie, that was not just for teenagers, as many critics gave it rave reviews. Michael Cera is always cast in the same role. It does not mean he’s incapable of playing another character.

      • Tom


      • Tony

        Alee, are you on Crack? Scott Pilgrim was a great movies than all the other crappy action movies that came out last year- Minus Kick Ass and Inception

      • m1

        Scott Pilgrim wasn’t really an action film, but I did enjoy it.

      • Tom

        during the golden age of cinema, and the golden age of comicbooks, did they ever make a movie about a comicbook?

      • Tom

        That’s because the movie stinks.

    • Thom

      Adjusted for inflation, this is the exact same opening as Batman Begins – the last big reboot.

      And like that movie, I think history will be kind to this movie thanks to the fact that it’s actually really good.

      • MarcHon

        I went on Friday, as I’m an admitted comic junkie, but January Jones RUINED the movie for me.

        She’s so stiff and monotone.

      • Jose

        It’s funny you say that Marc, I saw the film is spanish and the person who dubbed January Jones added a lot of life to her character

      • Lpp

        I was thinking the same thing about Batman Begins, which is right on par quality-wise with that previous reboot. Fox and Marvel would be wise to hire Vaughn back on for the next one.
        @MarcHon—Yes, January Jones is empty. I don’t think she ruined the movie but she is a blank slate. Even in “Unknown” Liam Neeson’s enormous c@(% couldn’t shield us from that terrible performance.

      • Emilio

        She can’t even make it as eye candy. Sad.

      • annie

        MarcHon – how the hell could she ruin the movie when she wasn’t even in large chunks of it? Idiot.

    • dreamworks21

      X2: X-Men United is one of the top 3 or 4 comic films ever made…it’s a seamless transition from the first film and features some incredible set pieces (that Night Crawler opening is one of the best action scenes of the last 20 years).

      • MarcHon

        Last 20 years…really? I loved the movie too, but…

      • JoefromQC

        Really. IMHO they could have ended the movie there and I would have been satisfied.

      • David

        Pixar films are cinematic gold and modern day classics!! Dreamworks flicks, Ice Age sequels, The Incredibles knock-offs and Happy Feet as owls or macaws are pure pop trash!!!

      • sarCC

        I agree about the Nightcrawler scene. I don’t like any of the X-Men films, but that scene is one of the best. If as much care and effort had gone into the rest of the films, I might’ve actually liked them.

    • Dave

      Yeah, you have to factor in that people’s excitement for a film in a series is largely based on how good the prevous film was. Pretty much everyone loved X2, which is why X-Men 3 had such a huge gross. But X-Men 3 was not good, which caused Wolverine’s gross to be smaller, and Wolverine was awful, leading to this somewhat disappointing opening for First Class. Hopefully, the good reviews and good word-of-mouth will carry First Class. It’s a really good movie.

      • rerun

        ^^^ This.

        I know people who weren’t/aren’t going to see it because they hated X3. I have to explain it’s a new story and the director of Kick-Ass.

      • David

        Pixar films are cinematic gold and modern day classics!! Dreamworks flicks, Ice Age sequels, The Incredibles knock-offs and Happy Feet as owls or macaws are pure pop trash!

      • thin

        I agree, too. I wasn’t even planning on seeing this X-Men until a couple of weeks ago when the reviews on rotten tomatoes started showing up.

    • LOL

      America loves crap. They’d rather see the awful Hangover 2 than this. You get what you deserve.

      • Chris

        Late to the party?

      • LOL

        A little. I knew you’d miss me, though.

    • Matt

      I think word-of-mouth will help this movie last into the mid summer. It was FANTASTSIC. I was nervous because the marketing and promos were nonexistent, but First Class definitely came through. My favorite of all of the x-men movies, and in fact, my favorite Superhero movie thus far. Dark Knight is really great, but isn’t nearly as “meaningful” as Warner Brothers wants you to think it is. So, X-men First Class for the win. Stuffed a lot of story and character into one movie, easter eggs for the nerds (you guys know which scenes I’m talkin’ about), didn’t fall flat for ONE second, and sets the stage for compelling sequels.

      • Sam

        Disagree. It’s gonna get raped by the entire audience transitioning to Green Lantern in 2 weeks.

      • DW

        Green Lantern is going to have an even worse opening than this movie, I guarantee it.

  • dalemckussic

    Its really a British film, British Actor’s, Director And Screenwriter, stick a Hollywood star in there it would have done wonders, Its a great film, well done to everyone involved good job, sure your do very well internationally also

    • Ed

      The average American moviegoer probably thought:

      “Where’s Wolver-O and his knifey hands? I thought this was a J-Man moo-vie! Why is this set in the 1920s? They aint got no internets to hack-ey-doo back then… how do you make a picture show about dat dere time? Oh well, I know about drinkin’ so I’ll have one fer da Hangovers!”
      *burps up some of the 44oz butter he’s drinking*

      • ed’s brother

        Question Ed,

        I bet you’re American, huh? If so, Hate yourself much? Therapy might help.

      • jodipo

        so all americans are southern (or is it Alaskan?) alcoholics that do not know how to pronounce the word wolverine? Huh, I think you may have been to a different America than the one I live in.

      • Rachel

        That’s exactly what I thought when I went to the theater to see this film. Especially since all Americans think alike, all have Southern accents and are grammatically incorrect.

      • @ Ed

        I don’t understand why people have to inject America this… America that… into everything! By the way, the movie is very British. British actors, directors, scriptwriters, etc. so stop dogging on us!

      • Woot

        Every country has their share of idiots… America included. Every country has their share of geniuses as well… America included.

      • Alyssa

        OH GOD…here we go, someone mentioned America. Yes Woot. Thank you. well said. We Have a lot of idiots in America, and alot of smart people. But unfortunately the people who are idiots also have HUGE egos and/or too much pride, you could never tell them they are idiots.

        We have someone possibly running for POTUS right now from the Alaskan Tundra and she sounds like Marge Gunderson from Fargo ( an insult to me-I live there, we dont really talk like that) and couldn’t pass “Are you smarter than 5th grader” game show. Scary. No matter where you stand on anything.

    • reel_deal

      Kevin Bacon is a star

      • Liza

        We went to see X-men this morning. All I could think about when Kevin Bacon was on screen was that he wasn’t believable as a villain. I just couldn’t shake the image of him dancing in a warehouse in ‘Footloose’ out of my head. Other than that though I really enjoyed this movie. It was interesting and entertaining and I will gladly show up for more if they make this into a trilogy.

      • erin

        @Liza You haven’t seen very many Kevin Bacon movies, have you? Try The River Wild, or Sleepers if you want to see him as the “bad guy”.

      • Liza

        Erin, I actually have seen both of those movies and really like River Wild. I think that Footloose was one of the first movies I really loved as a kid so he’ll always be that character to me. It’s just one of those things. I’m sure a lot of people can see him as a villain but he’ll always be Ren to me.

      • rerun

        Wow Liza. I’m not even sure what to say so I’ll stop now.

    • Alyssa

      What the hell??? -what kind of comment is that? WHO CARES if they are almost all British you bigot moron.

      Jeez- Way to make us look like ugly Americans. Stay at home and sing Yankee Doodle then.

      • @ Alyssa

        The fact that the movie is very British and commenters on this page are talking about how America sucks is a very valid point. British made, produced, directed… yet we are the awful ones. Pointing that out doesn’t make dalemckussic a yankee doodle singing patriot.

      • Alyssa

        I know that I only asking what does it have to do with the price of eggs?

        I go to a movie based on what I see in the trailers. Not what country it was made in, produced in, what kinds of actors there are. It just doesn’t have anything to do with it. Its just dumb to bring politics/countries into everything into everything- if I did by mistake then sorry.

        if your talking about LOL saying ” America loves crap” that just kidding.

  • Ian

    So two good sequels (X-Men: First Class, Kung Fu Panda 2) underperform.

    Two bad/mediocre sequels (Hangover 2, Pirates 4) have the two biggest openings of the year…

    See, America? This is why we can’t have nice things!

    • Woot

      Archer reference for the win! Agree that it’s sad that the two sequels released that good reviews are doing far worse than the ones getting bad reviews.

    • Brett

      That line was old well before Archer started on the FX Channel, Woot.

      • Ontop

        To be fair, Woot is only 5 years old.

      • Benlinus

        Actually Ontop Woot is at least 7 years old because I remember it being used regularly when World of Warcraft was released in 2004.

      • Woot

        I’m 9 years old… so you’re both wrong. I’m aware people said that before Archer, but the tone made it seem like an Archer reference. But why would a 5 or 7 year old be watching Archer? I would have awful parents in that case.

      • Sheli

        Actually, Woot was commonly used in Everquest when I played it 11 years ago, so it is older that 11, it would appear.

      • Whatever

        Actually, anyone who posts a comment on the internet that begins with “actually” is only out to belittle someone else anonymously, and needs to find something more constructive to do with their time.

      • Benlinus

        No you Whatever, go a head and file a complaint with the Care Bear Brigade.

      • Woot

        FINE I’M 12 YOU GOT ME! This is really dumb.

  • m1

    Cue LOL telling us that America loves crap.

    Anyway, slightly disappointing for X-Men but I suppose it could hold well throughout the weeks to come?

    That box office for Bridesmaids is impressive! Who knew it would do so well?!

  • Jon

    X-Men deserves better numbers than that. Hopefully it’ll do well over the summer and internationally. Its a shame people wasted money on the Pirates garbage

  • Zeke

    Can Hollywood please finally come up with soem fresh ideas for movies? Enough of the sequels and TV show concepts already!

    • Jonah

      Could commenters please come up with some fresh ideas for comments?

      • m1


      • me


      • Dave


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      • emoney

        Good one, Jonah-Dawg

  • Daniel F

    $21 million for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is not underwhelming. Do your box office/industry homework, EW.

    • Tom Strong

      if Z-Men were a Warner production, EW would be singing to the skies about it. Just wait until Green Lanter comes out, that will be a truly underwhelming debut and EW will spin it.

    • Alyssa

      yeah…AND its ON FRIDAY. So figure in Saturday and Sunday….and now that school is out and its SUMMER people sometimes like going during the week, I saw it Friday and the theater was full at 12:45 in the afternoon, and my local paper, which SUCKS at movie news gave it 3 out of 4 stars.

      Im seeing it again next week with my dad. So yes, I like how media spins things….people believe it, because they aren’t people they are sheeple. Its not like it got rotten reviews either. 86-87%, not that care was going to see it anyway. X-Men are my fav. comic book movies. Yes, Wolverine too.

  • del taco

    i remember when Avatar opened to only $75 million, and every hater was so happy, yelling on every website about the movie’s disappointing box office. In Dec 1997, Titanic opened in 2nd place behind the new James Bond movie, Tommmorrow Never Dies. Titanic grossed only 24 million in its’ first weekend, and all the haters were so happy the movie did so poorly, and were convinced of its’ demise. And last summer when fanboy favorite ” Scott Pilgrim Vs the World” made only 6 million, every fanboy on every website was convinced the movie box office would increase every weekend to record levels. Go figure.

    • Woot

      You aren’t na├»ve enough to believe the old “Box office = quality” idea right? Avatar is by far the most over praised movie I’ve ever seen. It is literally Pocahontas, except the tree doesn’t talk.

      • Alee

        You clearly haven’t seen Pocahontas if you think Avatar is the same film. Are you just parroting what other armchair/laptop critic/fantroll says? Talk about originality…

      • jodipo

        Alee is right, it is nothing like Pocahontas… its just like Ferngully, but the dialog is much much worse. Woot is right about it being a crap movie. Avatar actually makes you laugh out loud it is so stupidly written

      • Channing

        No, ‘Avatar’ was just like ‘Dancing with Wolves.’ (And agree completely about ‘Avatar’ being stupidly written…)

      • Mother Nature

        You’re right–Dances with Wolves. Absolutely hated Avatar, and wish EW would dedicate a message board to off-topic complaints.

      • m1

        I actually liked the film, but agree that it was nothing special story-wise.

      • Alyssa

        Guys calm down, Its both a little Pocahontas+ Fern Gully+ Dance with Wolves.

        The visuals were EYE CANDY GALORE, but yes that is all it had going. I prefer Pocahontas if I want a ” magical tree” Fern Gully if I want a “fun lesson on the Rain-forest-Plus” you get Robin Williams as Batty. And Christian Slater as Pips the fairy dude.

      • Alee

        JAJAJAJA! The little fanboy trolls are butthurt because AVATAR grossed 2.8 BILLION dollar and got nine Oscar nods, including BEST PIC and BEST DIRECTOR) And clearly, just like I figured, they are simply doing a parrot as far as their critiques, they probably saw it somewhere online “AVATAR IS DANCES WITH POCAHONTAS” Jajajaja, sorry, AVATAR wins…the box office and the RT score and the OSCAR NODS don’t lie…

      • Woot

        Yet Avatar failed to win Best Picture or Best director. And most of these comments have been criticizing the story, and Avatar failed to even get nominated for Best Original Screenplay… Sure it grossed 2.8 billion dollars, because it was an awesome visual experience. I can’t deny that. I saw the movie in theaters 3 times (well twice… the first time I was WAY too high to actually absorb it.) Each time though, I realized more and more that the movie was laughable. Horribly written, cheesy dialogue and probably the worst love story I’ve seen on screen in a long time. So no Alee, I’m not a fanboy troll… I’m just someone who needs more than just awesome visuals to like a movie.

      • Meg

        I agree. The trolls are just jealous that Avatar was such a huge word-of-mouth smash and they can’t fathom that a big box office hit can also be loved by critics (over 80 % Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and also have extraordinary word of mouth. The entire group of people I went with was comprised of two older women, two teenagers, and a 65 year old man, and everyone loved not only the special effects but the story, and the characters. In fact, almost everyone in my theatre was crying at several points (not to mention that the women I went with were loving the love story) And these are non-internet, non geeks. Which proves what I always suspected…audiences love Avatar, real-life audiences,while comic-book/scifi/armchair critics/internet trolls love to be vocal about their hatred for the film, but they actually think that their opinion is shared by America. Everyone knows that the internet is bursting with very vocal complainers and whiners, while the real America made AVATAR a beloved smash, and the anti-Cameron nerds can’t deal with it.

  • Samantha

    I blame the fact that it’s not in my town so that leads me to believe it’s not other places as well because there’s no reason for it not to be here. I grew up watching the cartoons and really wanted to see it.

    • Stretch

      Exactly. First class had a much smaller opening than either of it’s two most recent predacessors, and I think that’s contributing to the lull in numbers. Hopefully the film gets some legs from good word of mouth, and we see a wider release in the weeks to come.

  • Dominic

    I’m really looking forward to see X-Men: First Class. It looks like a smart blockbuster. I’m happy to see that The Hangover 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 4 are sinking like rocks. People are finally realizing that those two sequels are just cash grabs without any real heart. I feel bad for the moviegoers that wasted money on that garbage. The fact that POTC 4 was released in 3D and hasn’t even crossed $200 million domestically at this pont is a bad sign for the franchise. I’m hoping they don’t make anymore. If you want a real comedy instead of The Hangover 2, I highly recommend Bridesmaids. For those of you that are complaining that it’s the female version of The Hangover, it’s almost nothing like it. I saw Midnight in Paris the other night in an almost full theater, and everyone laughed a lot. It was an intelligent comedy, unlike a certain sequel that poorly reuses its own formula. It’s great that people are supporting independent films. Take this into consideration: I’m a 20-year-old male who decided to see Midnight in Paris rather than The Hangover 2. What does that tell you?

    • emoney

      It tells me there’s hope for the youth of the world yet. I saw MIP the other night too and it was full..and HILARIOUS, as was Bridesmaids. The first Hangover sucked, and this one looks like a carbon copy. Haven’t seen it or X-men FC yet, But I will tommorrow. Support good Comic Book films!

    • Lpp

      Good for you, Dom. I’m glad you are out there supporting the indies instead stealing them online (I agree with you about “Midnight..”). That being said, here is a little reality check: Hangover 2 is a “comedy” that opened to $105 million dollars, Pirates 4 is already one of the biggest international hits of all time. Don’t feel sorry for those moviegoers, they are all dupes, and studio garbage will continue to float to the surface because of them.

  • Jesse

    You know, I know that EW is an entertainment magazine, but do we have to focus on the money aspect of things? $20 million is a good amount, especially considering it’s a ONE-DAY total. Sure, it might be underwhelming compared to the original, but who cares? The movie was good and has legs. It’s likely to draw audiences in the coming weeks instead of just the usual fanboys who flock to opening weekend and then never return.

    • meer15

      They don’t *have* to focus on the money aspect of things but they choose to… and it seems you chose to read all about it lol

      • emoney

        Yeah, Dude, but that’s all EW wrote about…and they gave it a positive review!

    • Alyssa

      I agree Jesse- and I notice the Friday sum, ONE DAY TOTAL too.

  • James

    I saw it today and it was really great, a good throwback to the first two X-Men films. I think a lot of people are gun-shy after X-Men 3 and Wolverine. This should be a film that’s helped by positive word of mouth. McAvoy and Fassbender were both excellent, as was Jennifer Lawrence. It may not blow up this weekend, but I don’t think it’ll drop 70% next weekend, either.

  • Jose

    Disappointed in X Men & Kung Fu Panda 2, they deserve better! And I saw Midnight in Paris and I can’t believe that the theater was packed!

    • Nathan

      That’s great, Midnight in Paris hasn’t made its way to my city yet, but I definitely will be going when it shows up.

      • Jose

        I’m more excited for The Tree of Life, and I saw this because I’ve never seen a Woody Allen film before and it’s playing in wide release here in Spain where I’m vacationing. It’s been here for almost a month and its still having sold out showings!

  • Shaun

    I’m going to see First Class in just a few hours… Curious to see how it plays out. Box office for this movie, while actually pretty solid, doesn’t tell the whole story.

    The poor quality of both X3 and Wolverine have damaged the X-Men franchise, and FOX is taking a chance in doing a prequel/quasi-reboot set in the early 60s. With no big-name actors, save for Kevin Bacon (who was barely shown in the trailers). Also, this film (thankfully) wasn’t converted into 3D so there’s no inflated prices/revenue because of that. Heck, I don’t know if this movie is being shown in IMAX either.

    A good comparison for this movie is Batman Begins, which rebooted that franchise after the damage done by those awful Joel Schumacher movies. The reviews and the word of mouth were good, and that gave the movie legs after a decent, but less than spectacular, opening. It ended up having a fine run, then it really took off on DVD, and the sequel did massive business.

    But who cares? I’m just hoping for a fun movie that makes up for the bad tastes of X3 and Wolverine.

  • M

    Let’s not forget that Fox’s estimated opening for the ENTIRE weekend is in the high $40 million range. So it doesn’t “underwhelm” as this article suggests. If anything, it will exceed the studio’s expectations

    • James

      I’m not arguing that the opening isn’t better than what EW’s suggesting (I think they’re being unfair). But I wonder if Fox is lowballing it so that when exceeds “expectations,” they can point out its “success.”
      I do agree though that it’s doing fine. Most of its actors are skilled but still up-and-coming (McAvoy’s probably the biggest name other than Bacon) and it really has very few mutants who are really recognizable and “brand name” (i.e. it doesn’t [really] have a Wolverine or a Storm). Given the lack of “star” power (although I think McAvoy, Fassbender, Hoult, Byrne and Lawrence will all be big soon-ish), the 2nd-tier mutant lineup and the origin story factor, I’d say it’s doing damn fine.

      • M

        I agree. Its very possible that Fox made an intentionally low prediction. EW needs to take into account that this is a prequel, set in the 60’s, and like you said, is short on major mutant characters.

        I personally never expected it make above 50 to 60 for this weekend with all these factors and i don’t think Fox did either.

        Here’s hoping for a solid performance and an even better sequel

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