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X-Men: First Class Opens To $56 Million Domestically

X-Men: First Class led the domestic box office in its opening weekend, taking in $56 million and meeting Fox’s goal of matching the opening of the first film in the franchise, if falling short of more optimistic projections. The Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel grossed another $64 million overseas, for a worldwide haul of $120 million.

“I think it is incredibly challenging to relaunch a franchise,” Chris Aronson, Fox’s senior vice president of domestic distribution, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There are preconceived ideas, as well as a comfort factor with continuity. We have met and conquered those challenges.” Or, for a less biased assessment, we can look to Company Town, which characterizes the opening as “a pretty good but not great start.”

By way of comparison, 2003’s X2: X-Men United and 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine each debuted with about $85 million, while X-Men: The Last Stand drew $102 million in the domestic box office during its first weekend. But the studio kept its estimates significantly lower, using Christopher Nolan’s 2005 franchise reboot Batman Begins as a goalpost. That film opened domestically to $48.7 million on its way to $205.3 million.

However, as the trade paper notes, Batman Begins “had great legs.” The $140-million First Class, meanwhile, faces serious competition this weekend with the debut of J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi thriller Super 8, followed by Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern.


  • jimbo

    Don’t know what to make of this.
    If people aren’t going to see this movie because the last stand and wolverine were pretty crap then it’s good that people are voting with their wallets and hopefully teaching Fox a lesson.
    It’s a shame though because this is far better than I expected it would be and deserves to do very well.

  • jimbo

    And I know this is hardly a bad opening but it’s still far less than the last 2

  • percane

    With the possible exception of transformers 3 (despite the internet haters of Bay, let’s face it, they make a ton of money) I don’t think any of the summer movies are going to have breakaway grosses because there is just a huge volume of good summer fare this year. Typically from may to august there’s about 10 movies I want to see, this year it’s closer to 20. this makes it difficult for a film to have legs. Hopefully X-men does well enough to warrant another sequel, imo it was the best X-men movie yet.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Safe to say Harry Potter will clean up, don’t you think?

  • percane

    Ah yeah i forgot about potter. That one will, yes

  • Adam Hasser

    It’s a combination of it being a Prequel, X3 and the fact that this is a HUGE summer for movies. There are three more big movies coming out this month and three more after that. In this economy there just isn’t enough money to go around. Which is too bad because this is a great film.

    Reminds me of a few years ago when Hellboy 2 opened right before Dark Knight.

  • Anonymous

    Considering the lack of household names in the movie this is good.