'X-Men: First Class' Starts Slow

on June 05, 2011 by Phil Contrino

20th Century Fox's X-Men: First Class is off to an underwhelming start. The reboot managed $21 million on Friday and $19.83 million on Saturday, which leads to a $15.3 million estimate for Sunday. Fox is reporting that 58% of the audience was male, and 54% over 25. The opening represents a steep drop from the $85 million debut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Still, the buzz surrounding the superhero flick is strong and it could rebound over the next couple of weeks. More than 41,000 Flixster users have combined to give First Class a healthy 88% rating. In short, there's no need to panic yet. It's easy to forget that Batman Begins opened to $48.75 million before eventually taking in $205.3 million and setting the stage for the massive success of The Dark Knight. Internationally, First Class took in $64 million from 74 opening countries on about 8,877 screens.

The Hangover Part II is falling fast after its monster opening. The raunchy sequel has turned out to be a bit polarizing. Yet with a total budget of around $130 million and more than $200 million in the bank worldwide Part II is already a massive success even if it has its share of detractors. Internationally, Part II managed another $62 million, pushing its international total to $151.1 million.

Kung Fu Panda 2's drop isn't disastrous, but it's not particularly strong either. The animated sequel is failing to capitalize on the fact that it's the newest film in the market that's safe for the whole family. Internationally, KFP2 took in another $40 million from 9,104 locations in 28 markets, boosting its international cume to $125 million and its worldwide total to $225.4 million. 

Midnight in Paris continues to impress. At this rate, Paris could end up topping Vicky Christina Barcelona's $22.5 million domestic haul.

Beginners is off to a strong start with a promising location average of $27,038. Focus will try to mimic the success it had last summer with The Kid Are All Right, another gay-themed film.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides dominated international markets once again. The sequel was able to rake in another $87.4 million for an international total of $600.4 million and a worldwide total of $790.7 million.

Comparison data:

Jan. 1 to June 5, 2011: $4,120,202,000*
Jan. 1 to June 5, 2010: $4,437,068,000
Total Decrease: $316,866,000, -7.1%*

June 1 to June 5, 2011: $195,324,000*
June 1 to June 5, 2010: $133,578,040
Total Increase: $61,745,960, +46.2%*

June 3 to June 5, 2011: $163,000,000*
June 4 to June 6, 2010: $128,987,000
Total Increase: $34,013,000, +26.4%*


Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: X-Men: First Class, The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda, Midnight in Paris, Beginners

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