Weekend Box-Office: June 3-5, 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!!!

1. X-Men: First Class $56 M
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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