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    June 7, 2011


    The weekend we have just gone by saw only one new wide release into the United States box office. 20th Century Fox released the much awaited prequel/reboot of one of the most prominent Marvel superheroes franchise in recent time, hoping the audiences will forget the lackluster of the previous two bad installments. How much did X-Men: First Class raked up?

    X-Men: First Class finished first in the class of this weekend with mixed result. Opening at 6,900 screens from 3,641 locations, X-Men: First Class grossed an estimated $55.1 million. The number was considerably weaker from X-Men Origins: Wolverine which made $85.1 million in its opening weekend back in May 2009, representing the lowest figure in the franchise in terms of attendances. In July 2000, X-Men opened $54.5 million, followed by X2: X-Men United's $85.6 million in May 2003 and X-Men: The Last Stand's $102.8 million in May 2006. Earlier this summer, a Marvel Comics adaptation of a lesser character, Thor, mustered $65.7 million out of the gate (though attendance was about the same as X-Men: First Class after adjusting for 3D). Distributor 20th Century Fox's exit polling indicated that 58 percent of X-Men: First Class's audience was male and 54 percent was over 25 years old.

    In limited release, Midnight in Paris expanded to 147 locations (up from 58 last weekend) and scored a solid estimated $2.9 million. With a $6.9 million tally in 17 days, it's already out-grossed director Woody Allen's last two movies You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Whatever Works. Midnight's major test comes June 10 when it has its nationwide break at between 750 and 1,000 locations. The Tree of Life added 16 locations for a total of 20 and made an estimated $621,000. Its $31,050 per location average was the highest of the weekend, though it was down two-thirds from its average last weekend.

    Here are the top twelve box office of the weekend according to the studio actual report.

    Rank Title Weekend Gross ($) Change (%) Total Gross ($)
    1 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS 55,101,604 NEW 55,101,604
    2 THE HANGOVER PART II 31,381,234 -63.5 185,808,194
    3 KUNG FU PANDA 2 23,887,914 -49.9 100,028,372
    17,954,603 -54.9 190,200,880
    5 BRIDESMAIDS 12,040,875 -27.3 107,167,230
    6 THOR 4,250,044 -55.4 169,122,948
    7 FAST FIVE 3,165,355 -50.6 201,979,665
    8 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS 2,769,992 +43.6 6,796,731
    9 SOMETHING BORROWED 848,013 -54.4 36,673,330
    10 JUMPING THE BROOM 844,909 -53.7 35,907,300
    11 RIO 738,518 -59.1 136,690,395
    12 WATER FOR ELEPHANTS 694,517 -36.1 55,733,195
    *Note: All figures are ACTUAL grosses. Courtesy of BOX OFFICE MOJO
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