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06.05.2011

X-Men: First Class opens in 1st but...

With the tons of great reviews still rolling in for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (Rotten Tomatoes has it 87%, while Movie Fan Central reviews average it at an eerily similar 8.6/10), I don't think anyone was surprised to see the film finishing in the #1 spot this weekend, but what may have surprised some was how little it made. The film managed to generate $56M over its first three days of release, which may seem like a lot of money to everyone, but when you consider that the film cost $160M to make, and that the previous two X-MEN movies opened with $85M (WOLVERINE) and $102M (X-MEN: THE LAST STAND) respectively...it had to be somewhat disappointing to Fox.

That said, nobody knows how the film will hold up over the coming weeks and the rest of the summer, so we'll reserve final judgment until then, but according to Fox, the film "achieved its goal" of opening at around the same revenue mark as the original X-MEN film did back in the year 2000 (that film opened with around $54M at the time), and points out that it's unfair to compare it to previous X-MEN movies (except for the original) because it's a new start and there were no "names" in this film, unlike Hugh Jackman starring in WOLVERINE. M'okay. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS also added about $64M overseas.

Last weekend's #1 movie, THE HANGOVER 2, managed to stick around in 2nd place this weekend, although it dropped quite a bit from last week, losing 62% of its audience, but still powering on at $187M in total (it's already the 3rd highest grossing movie of the year!). Two films that managed to break the $100M barrier this weekend including KUNG FU PANDA 2 in only its second weekend of release and BRIDESMAIDS, which continues to make major coin week-to-week, while still hanging around in 5th place despite being released four weeks ago. The film continues to have the lowest drops weekend-to-weekend, with a miniscule 26% drop this weekend from last. 

FAST FIVE, 2011's top grossing movie, also managed to surpass the $200M mark, which is the first time in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise history that a film does so. So yeah...FAST SIX is on like Donkey Kong! That said, unless something really bizarre happens in the coming weeks, it appears as though the latest PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN flick will surpass FAST FIVE as #1 movie of the year. It currently sits at $190M, only $12M behind Diesel and gang. If you look at the worldwide figures though, PIRATES is already crushing the boys in cars with $791M in grosses around the world, while FAST FIVE is set at $570M worldwide. Not too shabby for either film.

RIO was the only film to get booted from the top 10 this week (at $136M in grosses, it currently sits in 5th place on the 2011 top grossers list), while Woody Allen's latest MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is continuing to open wider and wider, while continuing to make more and more money as well. At $7M in grosses, the film is already the 4th highest grossing Woody Allen movie since 2001 (MATCH POINT and VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA both made $23M, while SCOOP made $10M during that period).

Next weekend sees the release of only one "big summer movie" and that one is written/directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by this guy named Steven Spielberg. The film is called SUPER 8 and our very own JimmyO already graced it with a 9/10 review, which seems to be in line with what most critics are saying over on Rotten Tomatoes as well (it currently sits at 85% positive rating). Will you be checking our SUPER 8 yourself? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. X-Men: First Class $56 M
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2. The Hangover, Part II $32.4 M $186.8 M
3. Kung Fu Panda 2 $24.3 M $100.4 M
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $18 M $190.3 M
5. Bridesmaids $12.1 M $107.3 M
6. Thor $4.2 M $169.1 M
7. Fast Five $3.2 M $202.1 M
8. Midnight in Paris $2.9 M $6.9 M
9. Jumping the Broom $0.9 M $35.9 M
10. Something Borrowed $0.8 M $36.7 M

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6:37PM on 06/06/2011

If you watched X-Men: FC in theaters this weekend...

Then YOU are part of the problem. You piad money to watch this abortion instead of staying home, and hopefully causing this movie to fail, and letting the rights to the X-Men franchise revert back to Marvel where they belong. Then, hopefully it could be rebooted to actually resemble the X-Men we all know and love. Imagine a movie called X-Men: First Class, that ACTUALLY contained the FIRST CLASS! Cyclops, Jean, Angel, Beast, and Iceman. Then imagine that Spider_man also goes back to Marvel,
Then YOU are part of the problem. You piad money to watch this abortion instead of staying home, and hopefully causing this movie to fail, and letting the rights to the X-Men franchise revert back to Marvel where they belong. Then, hopefully it could be rebooted to actually resemble the X-Men we all know and love. Imagine a movie called X-Men: First Class, that ACTUALLY contained the FIRST CLASS! Cyclops, Jean, Angel, Beast, and Iceman. Then imagine that Spider_man also goes back to Marvel, and the possibilities are endless. Civil War? Secret Wars? Stop settling for this crap these studios push on us.
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8:46AM on 06/06/2011
I'm not that surprised by this, remember this is the 5th movie and people still have the bad taste of the last two movies in their mouth. I dare say though that the taking will be constant over the next few weeks when word of mouth gets around that this one is actually quite good.
I'm not that surprised by this, remember this is the 5th movie and people still have the bad taste of the last two movies in their mouth. I dare say though that the taking will be constant over the next few weeks when word of mouth gets around that this one is actually quite good.
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6:46AM on 06/06/2011

This may be a stupid question but,,,,

Why do you count the American box office separately from the world wide one, surely the film studios don't care where their money is coming from.
Why do you count the American box office separately from the world wide one, surely the film studios don't care where their money is coming from.
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1:15AM on 06/06/2011

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Review

Glad this awesome movie is making some money! Check out the WRINKLED MEAT NERD NEWS review right here: [link]
Glad this awesome movie is making some money! Check out the WRINKLED MEAT NERD NEWS review right here: [link]
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1:47AM on 06/06/2011
Dude you have gotta stop promoting your site in the comments. If anything, the thumbs-downs should indicate people don't like that. Just sayin'.
Dude you have gotta stop promoting your site in the comments. If anything, the thumbs-downs should indicate people don't like that. Just sayin'.
12:28AM on 06/06/2011
Xmen was better than THOR for sure, so far the best comic movie of the summer, green hornet sucked, THOR was decent.
Xmen was better than THOR for sure, so far the best comic movie of the summer, green hornet sucked, THOR was decent.
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12:20AM on 06/06/2011

ONLY A THOUGHT

Maybe there are too many big movies out there, KUng Fu 2, FF Rio , Pirates and Thor. Summer is crowded. Although I am a big fan JJ I feel that Super 8 will also score same amount.
Maybe there are too many big movies out there, KUng Fu 2, FF Rio , Pirates and Thor. Summer is crowded. Although I am a big fan JJ I feel that Super 8 will also score same amount.
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12:08AM on 06/06/2011
I hope Fox wasn't TOO disappointed. Would mean they might not be prepared for how bad Super 8 will crush it next weekend.
I hope Fox wasn't TOO disappointed. Would mean they might not be prepared for how bad Super 8 will crush it next weekend.
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12:05AM on 06/06/2011
Very glad to see that "X-Men: First Class" in first place this weekend. I am a die hard X-Men fan and am glad to have another good X-Men film to enjoy and to hopefully spawn some great sequels.

Now bring on "Green Lantern"!
Very glad to see that "X-Men: First Class" in first place this weekend. I am a die hard X-Men fan and am glad to have another good X-Men film to enjoy and to hopefully spawn some great sequels.

Now bring on "Green Lantern"!
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1:03AM on 06/06/2011
It's really too bad Matt Damon wasn't in it. He would have made it that much cooler.
It's really too bad Matt Damon wasn't in it. He would have made it that much cooler.
3:46AM on 06/06/2011
What? Why would matt damon be in x-men?
What? Why would matt damon be in x-men?
10:36AM on 06/06/2011
lol...it's just a counter joke to The Soloist's constant assertions that Sylvester Stallone should be in everything.
lol...it's just a counter joke to The Soloist's constant assertions that Sylvester Stallone should be in everything.
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10:54PM on 06/05/2011

GO PANDA GO!

glad to see it's still going strong, lets hope this continues - from what I hear it's a total blast, and one of the best big-theatre experiences you can have all this year!!

looking forward to seeing it!
glad to see it's still going strong, lets hope this continues - from what I hear it's a total blast, and one of the best big-theatre experiences you can have all this year!!

looking forward to seeing it!
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10:18PM on 06/05/2011
Doesn't surprise me. Alot of people I know who are major fanboys do not want to see it. Mainly because of the last 2 and this film's choice of mutants.They shouldn't have used First Class in the title because the old schoolers are against it being anyone other than Jean, Scott, Warren, etc. I mentioned that technically, this takes place BEFORE the school, but they don't care.Then of course, the last 2 films also add into people not wanting to see it. Same thing happened with Batman Begins when
Doesn't surprise me. Alot of people I know who are major fanboys do not want to see it. Mainly because of the last 2 and this film's choice of mutants.They shouldn't have used First Class in the title because the old schoolers are against it being anyone other than Jean, Scott, Warren, etc. I mentioned that technically, this takes place BEFORE the school, but they don't care.Then of course, the last 2 films also add into people not wanting to see it. Same thing happened with Batman Begins when people thought it was part of the Schumacher crap and that opened underwhelmingly.
Personally, I liked it! Though I doubt I'll change anyone's mind.
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10:03PM on 06/05/2011
That's right around what I expected. I wish it had done more, hopefully the word of mouth gives it legs, because I loved this and want more from these actors as these characters.
That's right around what I expected. I wish it had done more, hopefully the word of mouth gives it legs, because I loved this and want more from these actors as these characters.
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10:02PM on 06/05/2011
Yea, we shouldn't count this one out yet. The movie still did relatively well despite its already tarnished reputation and Fox's last-minute handling of its marketing. The coming weeks will determine if it has legs. Also, it should be able to do gangbusters in the international market.
Yea, we shouldn't count this one out yet. The movie still did relatively well despite its already tarnished reputation and Fox's last-minute handling of its marketing. The coming weeks will determine if it has legs. Also, it should be able to do gangbusters in the international market.
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9:42PM on 06/05/2011
such a great movie. I hope it has legs
such a great movie. I hope it has legs
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9:17PM on 06/05/2011

HAVE FAITH

This movie will definitely have legs, mark my words. Good word of mouth will do the trick. 'X-Men: First Class' was great. Having people attached to this project who know the series inside out (Singer, Vaughn) rejuvenated the franchise and washed away the massive pile of excrement from the series' last two movies.
This movie will definitely have legs, mark my words. Good word of mouth will do the trick. 'X-Men: First Class' was great. Having people attached to this project who know the series inside out (Singer, Vaughn) rejuvenated the franchise and washed away the massive pile of excrement from the series' last two movies.
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9:51PM on 06/05/2011
Totally agree with you, man.
Totally agree with you, man.
9:54PM on 06/05/2011
If it's washed away the last two massive piles of excrement then how come those last two piles of excrement are sitting in my collection? Lol. Can't wait to see this though.
If it's washed away the last two massive piles of excrement then how come those last two piles of excrement are sitting in my collection? Lol. Can't wait to see this though.
10:59PM on 06/05/2011
I don't know dude, maybe it's because you like ass flakes sitting in your collection?

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How the Hell should I know?
I don't know dude, maybe it's because you like ass flakes sitting in your collection?

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How the Hell should I know?
9:04PM on 06/05/2011
Hmm, supposing that X-Men: First Class only break even with domestic box office, I'm sure it will gain lots of foreign box office so it should be a win situation for Fox.
Hmm, supposing that X-Men: First Class only break even with domestic box office, I'm sure it will gain lots of foreign box office so it should be a win situation for Fox.
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8:52PM on 06/05/2011
surprised? Go back and look at the box office movie poll. The majority of the votes called it right on. 44% said it would only make 51-70 mil. No way this could of made anywhere near 100mil. No named stars, bad taste of Fox f*ing up Wolverine and X3, and no Cyclops or Jean. So there was definitely no surprise here.
surprised? Go back and look at the box office movie poll. The majority of the votes called it right on. 44% said it would only make 51-70 mil. No way this could of made anywhere near 100mil. No named stars, bad taste of Fox f*ing up Wolverine and X3, and no Cyclops or Jean. So there was definitely no surprise here.
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8:31PM on 06/05/2011
wow really surprised with that opneing for X-men:FC especially with the great reviews ya think fanboys wud see this in droves. I guess the last 2 movies in the franchise still leave a bad taste with moviegoers. As far as The Hangover 2 the drop off is no surprise as it already proved to be a hit in its 1st weekend alone, so the final gross is no big deal now & its gonna top $200 plus anyways. Shocked about First Class but hopes it will have the legs the next coming weeks.
wow really surprised with that opneing for X-men:FC especially with the great reviews ya think fanboys wud see this in droves. I guess the last 2 movies in the franchise still leave a bad taste with moviegoers. As far as The Hangover 2 the drop off is no surprise as it already proved to be a hit in its 1st weekend alone, so the final gross is no big deal now & its gonna top $200 plus anyways. Shocked about First Class but hopes it will have the legs the next coming weeks.
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8:23PM on 06/05/2011
This movie had a lot going against it: bad promotional material, rushed schedule, Fox, recovering from two somewhat disappointing X-men films. Despite it all, Vaughn , Singer, and the cast deliver. Hopefully this film has legs. Still think X2 is better though.
This movie had a lot going against it: bad promotional material, rushed schedule, Fox, recovering from two somewhat disappointing X-men films. Despite it all, Vaughn , Singer, and the cast deliver. Hopefully this film has legs. Still think X2 is better though.
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8:08PM on 06/05/2011
I'm just glad they finally made another good X-Men movie.
I'm just glad they finally made another good X-Men movie.
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7:32PM on 06/05/2011
And THOR opened with 66 millions, with 3d tickets, and nobody's saying it's somewhat disappointing. Probably attendance was less than FIRST CLASS.
And THOR opened with 66 millions, with 3d tickets, and nobody's saying it's somewhat disappointing. Probably attendance was less than FIRST CLASS.
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7:22PM on 06/05/2011

BEST OF THE X-SERIES

Better than X2, which was the benchmark for all comic book films for a while, until Iron Man and The Dark Knight were released.
Better than X2, which was the benchmark for all comic book films for a while, until Iron Man and The Dark Knight were released.
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7:18PM on 06/05/2011
Marketing wasnt the best for First Class though some of my friends didnt know a new X-Men movie was coming out until last month.
Marketing wasnt the best for First Class though some of my friends didnt know a new X-Men movie was coming out until last month.
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7:18PM on 06/05/2011
If XM:FC made 23m on friday and 22.9 on saturday, the movie is at 46m. Predictions are the movie only made 10m on sunday? I thitk maybe in tomorrow final numbers the movie did a bit more, like 60m. Anyway the movie is awesome and if FOX is happy with the $$$ we can start the sequel buzz.
If XM:FC made 23m on friday and 22.9 on saturday, the movie is at 46m. Predictions are the movie only made 10m on sunday? I thitk maybe in tomorrow final numbers the movie did a bit more, like 60m. Anyway the movie is awesome and if FOX is happy with the $$$ we can start the sequel buzz.
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7:14PM on 06/05/2011

I disagree

"...it had to be somewhat disappointing to Fox."

Nah, it's right around where their predictions were. It's a semi-prequel/reboot of a series that saw diminishing returns, both financially and critically (namely X3 and Wolverine). Not to mention - aside from a blink-and-you'll-miss cameo or two - none of the familiar faces were attached to the film, and the ones replacing them are hardly A-list stars. The fact that it still opened to over $50 mil is a testament to the strength of the series
"...it had to be somewhat disappointing to Fox."

Nah, it's right around where their predictions were. It's a semi-prequel/reboot of a series that saw diminishing returns, both financially and critically (namely X3 and Wolverine). Not to mention - aside from a blink-and-you'll-miss cameo or two - none of the familiar faces were attached to the film, and the ones replacing them are hardly A-list stars. The fact that it still opened to over $50 mil is a testament to the strength of the series alone, outside of storyline and casting. The studio's plan was always to have the strong word-of-mouth pull it through, and in the long run it may very well exceed Wolverine's global cume.
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