X-Men: First Class rounded out its first week in theatres on Thursday with a first place finish of $4.03 million. Fox's big-budget superhero prequel fell 5 percent from Wednesday. That represented a solid daily hold, especially when taking into account the competition from Game 6 of the NBA Finals last night. X-Men: First Class was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $73.89 million. However, the film's first week performance was 28 percent softer than that of 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 13 percent softer than that of Thor last month. X-Men: First Class will hope to hold up better than previous X-Men films thanks in part to strong word of mouth and reviews as well as the re-launch nature of the film.
Paramount's Super 8 grossed an estimated $1.0 million on Thursday from its Twitter sponsored advance screenings in 324 locations. The J.J. Abrams directed science fiction film also grossed an additional $500,000 in midnight screenings from roughly 1,500 locations (which will be counted towards Friday's gross). Super 8 will hope to outpace the second weekend performance of X-Men: First Class this weekend in what could be a fairly close battle for first place.
The Hangover Part II grossed $2.84 million on Thursday to hold onto second place. Warner's blockbuster comedy sequel held off Paramount's Kung Fu Panda 2 by a slim $58,418 for the day. The Hangover Part II was down 2 percent from Wednesday and down 48 percent from last Thursday. For the week The Hangover Part II took second place with $43.63 million, which was down a sharp, but understandable 64 percent from the previous week. The Hangover Part II has grossed a very impressive $198.06 million through 15 days of release and will zoom past the $200 million mark today.
Kung Fu Panda 2 held steady in third with $2.78 million. The 3D computer animated sequel was up a strong 15 percent over Wednesday and down only 8 percent from last Thursday. With the summer season now upon us, the film's midweek grosses are starting to pick up with more and more schools out of session. Kung Fu Panda 2 took third for the week with $34.13 million. That was down 51 percent from the previous frame and places the film's 15-day total at $110.27 million.
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides remained in fourth with $1.92 million. The blockbuster sequel starring Johnny Depp was up 4 percent over Wednesday and down 30 percent from last Thursday. On Stranger Tides took fourth for the week with $25.68 million, which was down 56 percent from the previous week. On Stranger Tides has grossed $197.93 million in three weeks and is set to reach the $200 million milestone today.