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X-Men: First Class Opens Strong, Grossing $3.4M In Midnight Run

X-Men: First Class grossed about $3.4 million in midnight showings at the U.S. box office, a haul that could set the Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel-cum-reboot on a course for a $60-million to $65-million opening weekend.

That’s if the performance of Thor is an indication: The Marvel film earned $3.3 million in its midnight run before going on to gross $65.7 million in its first weekend. The Hollywood Reporter notes that 20th Century Fox is, of course, downplaying expectations, suggesting First Class may open somewhere in the $48 million to $55 million range, between 2005’s Batman Begins and 2000’s X-Men. Others push the estimate to $60 million or more.

The film, which cost an estimated $140 million to produce, has received largely positive reviews, with Comic Book Resources’ Adam Rosenberg describing X-Men: First Class as “what happens to a superhero movie when you strip away the blockbuster budget and allow the filmmaker to simply tell a story.”

The ensemble cast includes James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme, January Jones as Emma Frost and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw.


  • Xsikal

    Deadline reports that the preliminary Friday numbers suggest a 20-25M Friday, for a ~58M weekend, which fits right about in the middle of those estimates.

  • Jmcreer

    Saw it Thursday – the best X-Men film yet, possibly the best Marvel film as well.

  • Xavier

    This movie made me feel the way I felt after Iron Man. That comic book movies were about to get a big bump in the collective culture respect knob. It was just a great movie, and on top of it, it was a comic book movie. There’s not much more you can ask of the X-Men.

  • albion

    I saw this film yesterday… and I can say that it’s awesome… the best of all Marvel movies!

  • D.Smithee

    Saw a showing on Friday night–very, very good film. Loved the time period. Kevin Bacon & Fassbender are great.

  • Nick

    Best Xmen film yet. Comic book movies seem to get better and better. They needed a several tries to experiment with styles and plots…but man, Hollywood finally got it right. The DarkKnight, IronMan, Thor and now Xmen-First Class rank as my favorite mainstream comic book movies. Hope Captain America and Green Lantern show up as well…funny Xmen first class got very little media and publicity than Thor, America, and Green Lantern are getting…and yet pulls off with a great opening weekend. In the end…its quality and understated craftsmanship to the film that really matters. Fans will go see a good/great movie about comics. Period.     

  • Rob D

    I enjoyed Fassbender and McAvoy, I thought they did a great job.  I would’ve gladly watched those two with no other X-Men at all.  Bacon was also pretty good, but a little too campy for me.  Maybe it was the whole submarine thing, I don’t know.  Azazel was pretty cool, he was utilized very effectively in the fights.  Everyone else was basically terrible.  I gave this movie 6/10 because of the poor supporting cast.  Emma Frost has turned into a great character in the comics, and they failed to capture that at all in my opinion.  Banshee looked great, but it didn’t make up for how terrible Beast looked, and how ridiculous Havok sounded.  He was like a 15 year old trying to sound 30, it just didn’t seem right.  I like Mystique as a character, but being so close to the comics I can’t buy her as Xavier’s sister.  Why not have Jean in that role?  Angel was just kind of ridiculous, a throw away character.  The CIA and military characters were far too campy for my liking, and lacked any depth.  Looking back, every non-,mutant character was portrayed as essentially an idiot.  And Darwin?  His entire mutant ability is surviving and adapting, so I called bogus on that too.  I love love Fassbender and McAvoy, I thought they were great.  Too bad the rest of the cast wasn’t as strong.  I felt like everyone else, with the exception of Bacon, was just dragging them down.  I do have higher hopes for a sequel though, I think that the weaknesses in this film can be easily fixed, and having the right Xavier and Magneto certainly helps.

  • XX

    Best X MEN movie!!

  • comicbookcub

    you do realize Mystique wasn’t ACTUALLY his sister.  they just grew up together, after he found her stealing food from his house.  

  • Omegasaga

    Such a good movie.  Very solid all around.  So faithful the the first 2 movies.
    They tried to be faithful to the comics but its impossible since the X movie trilogy taht came before it.
    PLUS, the Xmen comics have been a Completely Convoluted mess since the late 1980s.

    This movie was damn good.