Box Office Report: ‘X-Men: First Class’ Grosses $21 Million on Opening Day

Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover Part II” comes in at No. 2 with $9.3 million.

Twentieth Century Fox’s prequel X-Men: First Class grossed a promising $21 million in its Friday debut at the domestic box office, and is on track to meet expectations and earn $55 million for the weekend.
Box office revenues should be up 20 percent from last year once final weekend grosses are tallied, thanks to the relaunch of Fox’s marquee superhero franchise and a cadre of holdovers, led by Warner Bros.’ The Hangover Part II.

Hangover came in No. 2 behind First Class at the Friday box office, grossing at least $9.3 million. The R-rated comedy fell a steep 68 percent from a week ago, but is still on track to gross $30 million or more for the weekend, pushing its domestic cume close to $190 million.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, First Class drew a B+ CinemaScore, with 59 percent of the audience over the age of 25. Males repped 61 percent of those buying tickets, in line with previous installments in the X-Men franchise.

The fifth film in the X-Men universe has a decidedly different feel than its predecessors. Set in the 1960s against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War, First Class introduces Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) just as they’re discovering their mutant powers.

Instead of relying on A-list Hollywood stars, Fox instead turned to a cadre of up-and-coming actors to play the young mutants. Starring opposite McAvoy and Fassbender are Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz. Kevin Bacon plays the villain.

Fox, looking to manage expectations, had said that First Class should open in the range of the first X-Men, which opened to $54 million.


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