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Box Office Report: X-Men: First Class Performs as Expected

By June 6, 2011

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Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy in X Men First ClassThe X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class, slightly exceeded the first film of the series' opening weekend numbers, but fell well below the openings of X-Men 2, 3 and Wolverine. That was to be expected, and 20th Century Fox had predicted this reboot would come in somewhere between $45 and $55 million. Solid reviews and good word of mouth helped X-Men: First Class perform on the high end of expectations, even without X-Men's Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, or Ian McKellen in lead roles. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender shouldered the load this time around as younger versions of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, and as I said in my review, their performances made this new X-Men worth the price of a ticket.

Top 10 Films for the Weekend Ending June 5, 2011

1) X-Men: First Class - $55,101,604
2) The Hangover Part 2 - $31,381,234
3) Kung Fu Panda 2 - $23,887,914
4) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $17,954,603
5) Bridesmaids - $12,040,875
6) Thor - $4,250,044
7) Fast Five - $3,165,355
8) Midnight in Paris - $2,769,992
9) Something Borrowed - $848,013
10) Jumping the Broom - $844,909

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(Photo from X-Men: First Class © 20th Century Fox)

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