Weekend Box Office: 'X-Men' is Top of the Class

Last weekend (Memorial weekend) saw a number of records shattered by the unstoppable "The Hangover: Part II," which grossed over $130 million in its first five days despite poor reviews. This weekend's big opener was "X-Men: First Class," which started a strong advertising push last weekend, having skywriting planes put the X symbol in the sky over Memorial weekend. But could "X-Men," which receives exceptionally positive reviews, match the box office glory of "The Hangover: Part II?"

In a word, no. In fact, "X-Men: First Class" fell well short of even "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" numbers. However, it performed as expected byt the studio, earning $54 million over the weekend. The movie, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews, takes a very different approach to the superhero team than the other four X-Men movies did. Set in the 1960's and focusing on personal drama and political stakes, the movie is an "X-Men" for a post-"Dark Knight" world.

In second place for the weekend was, naturally, "The Hangover: Part II," which stayed strong after a drop of about 60% to land at $33.5 million. That brings the total over its first 11 days to about $187 million, an incredible feat for a comedy of any kind, much less an R-rated one (that has about a 30% on Rottentomatoes).

"Kung Fu Panda 2" dropped only 47% in its second weekend to gross another $25 million and take third place. The movie's "soft" opening weekend (and the low 3D grosses for "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") has many analysts wondering if the end of 3D is coming. People may be losing interest, but "Kung Fu Panda 2" still crossed $100 million domestic in its second weekend.

In fourth place was "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" with a $19 million third weekend. The cumulative total for "Pirates" has now reached just over $190 million domestically, and the movie should pass $200 million with ease next weekend.

"Bridesmaids" placed fifth for the weekend, staying strong yet again and pulling in $12.5 million to pass the $100 million domestic mark and settle at a cume of $107.6 million. That's a much-welcome surprise for the movie, which was considered a risk as all-female movies don't tend to gross as much at the box office. Kristin Wiig and a very talented cast have turned that idea on its head, showing that not only an all-female movie, but also one that's an R-rated comedy, can match the numbers of a movie like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

  1. "X-Men: First Class" - $54 million
  2. "The Hangover: Part II" - $33.5 million
  3. "Kung Fu Panda 2" - $25 million
  4. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" - $19 million
  5. "Bridesmaids" - $12.5 million