Posted by:
Matt McGloin

X-Men: First Class (2011) Debuts at $56 Million


picAnyone go see X-Men: First Class over the weekend?

I haven't, but I heard it's really good and filled with lots of easter eggs (spoilers!).

Can't wait to see it.

X-Men: First Class came in at #1 this weekend, grossing $56 million. Reports indicate this is the lowest amount taken in, when inflation is accounted for, as the first X-Men grossed $79 million - with the previous X movie, X-Men: Origins Wolverine, grossing $85 million.

If we compare First Class to the previous super hero movie to open, Thor, which had $65.7 million, we see similar numbers (when taken into account Thor's 3-D sales, attendance was the same).

So is this a poor showing?

Well, no Wolverine, no Hugh Jackman, no huge stars, and more of a reboot -- plus it's a prequel and set in the 60s -- I'm just not too sure.

I think it did better than I thought it was going to do, especially taking into consideration the first images released to promote First Class.

The movie cost around $160 million, international numbers haven't become available (that I am aware of), plus the movie studio gets tax breaks - with talk of a sequel on the way, I guess it's not all bad.

Here are the previous X movies open weekend numbers for comparison (inflation not taken into account):

X-Men (July 14, 200): $54.5 Million

• X2 (May 2, 2003): $85.7 million

• X-Men: The Last Stand (May 26, 2006): $102.7 million

• X-Men: Origins Wolverine (May 1, 2009): $85.1 million


X-Men: First Class: “Charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”

X-Men: First Class opens June 3rd, 2011 and is directed by Matthew Vaughn and produced by Bryan Singer.