After a record breaking Memorial Day, it looks like the good times are going to continue to roll this weekend thanks to X-Men: First Class. The Fox/Marvel release had no trouble landing at number one on Friday with an estimated $21 million from 3,641 locations and is projected to earn $53 million through Sunday. That is more than all four of 2010’s wide releases earned on their post-Memorial Day frame. In terms of its mutant predecessors, First Class is on par with the $54.4 million the first X-Men took in on its debut in July of 2000 and is also just above the $48.7 million that Batman Begins made in 2005. Considering that, like the latter, this film attempts to reset a popular franchise with a young, new cast, that is pretty much as it should be. In terms of the last X-offering, X-Men: First Class will not get near the $85 million that X-Men Origins: Wolverine made in May of 2009, but with 87% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes next to Wolverine’s 37%, I’m sure that’s a discrepancy they can live with. Details and analysis tomorrow.
|1||X-Men: First Class||$21,000,000||$21|
|2||The Hangover Part II||$10,460,000||$164.8|
|3||Kung Fu Panda 2||$6,300,000||$82.4|
|4||Pirates of the Caribbean 4||$5,087,000||$177.3|