Box Office: X-Men First Class Gets Passing Grade, But Doesn’t Excel

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Despite arriving in theaters with a tidal wave of positive press and geek reviews, Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” barely beat Bryan Singer’s 2000 “X-Men”, the very first in the franchise, in terms of weekend box office debut. Singer’s “X-Men” opened at $54 million, which in today’s dollars (adjusted for inflation) would give it around $79 million. By comparison, “First Class” opened with a studio estimated $56 million, which while meeting Fox’s publicly stated expectations, still makes it a mediocre opening for the franchise, especially considering that Wolverine’s solo adventure “X-Men: First Class” opened with $85 million two years ago, and Brett Ratner’s much derided “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122 million, and still holds the highest opening for an “X-Men” movie.

Comparing “First Class’” opening with other Marvel movies, and it’s looking even more disappointing: “Thor”, which featured a mostly unknown character and property, opened with $65 million just a month earlier, and even “The Incredible Hulk” opened at $55 million three years earlier. Things were looking pretty good for “First Class” after a respectable $20 million dollar Friday date, but the film failed to improve on that number over Saturday (just under $20 million) and the estimated Sunday (just around $15 million).

Made on a $160 million dollar production budget (meaning the film probably cost well over $200 million, so it’ll need to clear at least that much just to make money, if not more depending on how much they spent on publicity and other costs associated with selling a Summer Event film), “X-Men: First Class” has a foggy future. Overseas box office should help, though the film’s lack of a signature hero may hamper it a bit. (Even though the other “X-Men” films were ensemble pieces, there was never really any doubt who the main hero was. That would be the feral Canuck with the claws, in case you’re wondering.) Another reason for Fox suits to be a tad concerned? The film opened this week without any major competition, with its only studio foes being “Kung Fu Panda 2″ and “The Hangover 2″, both in their second weeks, with “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in its third week.

Next week’s box office should be a good indication whether the film will turn into another “Watchmen” (great reviews, mediocre returns), or if it’ll be another “Thor”, which finally topped off at $169 million domestically and $423 million worldwide. Not bad for a film about a superhero with a bit hammer who travels by way of a magic rainbow.

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  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    what but the movie was so good

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but the last one was so bad…

    The well has been poisoned.

  • Anonymous

    I can only hope that the good word of mouth helps it leg along to a tidy profit. I need sequels

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Agreed. They did a fantastic job. I really want to see a sequel with the students older and taking place in the 70′s.

      • Jose_r_jaen

        I agree with Dedpool. The movie was a terrific job!

      • Juggernaut

        Absolutely! Sequels are a must after such a stellar movie. It would suck if poor box office take deterered them from making another one. Hopefully the proposed trilogy takes place. Xavier without hair is a must. A newly transformed Beast. Older Banshee and Havok with some kind of nods to the original costumes would be cool. They could also bring some new faces in. I’d love to see more of the relationship between Xavier and Magneto. Moira making a career move maybe. Some new threat for the Brotherhood and X-Men to face would be cool.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          They had nods to their original costumes in the ones they wore, with Havok having the circles, and Banshe having the striped suit and wings. I think with Moira she’d go underground for a bit, (The CIA DID jsut try to kill her) and help Xavier with mutant studies and uch and use her former contacts to help them. And as for a threat for both of them, I have one word. SINISTER!!! Hell that could lead nto the whole obession with the Summers DNA.

          • Juggernaut

            I know that they had the nods to Banshee’s and Havok’s suits. I suppose I wanted a proper suggestion to the yellow shirt and greenjacket or something for Banshee and the black one piece for Havok while training. I suppose it is asking a bit much. However, they did have sort of the same thing for Erik in the maroon-ish jacket and purple turtle neck. I do think that Sinister is the next step. I really hope that they give a really cool reason and scenario for Xavier’s hair loss too.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            It took Mags 3 films and a prequel to get that nod. LoL. And Sinister just makes sense. Apocalypse should be if they ever decide to move forward with the stoey for the first trilogy in my opinion as he’s too big to be a prequel villain.

            Sent on the go.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            It took Mags 3 films and a prequel to get that nod. LoL. And Sinister just makes sense. Apocalypse should be if they ever decide to move forward with the stoey for the first trilogy in my opinion as he’s too big to be a prequel villain.

            Sent on the go.

          • Lexavi80

            NICE ONE, DEDPOOL!!!!. Sinister and the Summers shabang would be great!!. Bring Scott and Alex together.

            I can’t help but think that when the next movies comes, X-Men: Last Stand won’t exist. Just remember, Erik and Charles are still BFF when they met Jean. Anyway… do what Dedpool said.

          • Lexavi80

            NICE ONE, DEDPOOL!!!!. Sinister and the Summers shabang would be great!!. Bring Scott and Alex together.

            I can’t help but think that when the next movies comes, X-Men: Last Stand won’t exist. Just remember, Erik and Charles are still BFF when they met Jean. Anyway… do what Dedpool said.

      • Juggernaut

        Absolutely! Sequels are a must after such a stellar movie. It would suck if poor box office take deterered them from making another one. Hopefully the proposed trilogy takes place. Xavier without hair is a must. A newly transformed Beast. Older Banshee and Havok with some kind of nods to the original costumes would be cool. They could also bring some new faces in. I’d love to see more of the relationship between Xavier and Magneto. Moira making a career move maybe. Some new threat for the Brotherhood and X-Men to face would be cool.

  • Milkgod

    It was actually a great movie.

  • Jose_r_jaen

    It was a great movie, X-Men: The last Stand was a complete failure.
    Take in cosideration that this is just the begining

  • Michaeljones4915

    too “white” with no excuse for it being so. I have no reason not to wait for the dvd release having no major character to relate to.

    • Juggernaut

      First of all, that is about as racist as you can get.
      Secondly,there was plenty of color and ethnicities in there. Angel Salvadore? Darwin? Riptide? Even Erik is eastern European. Then there were the Russian military and Azazel, also Russian. Oh, and Shaw was German! I think?!
      You shouldn’t let things like that deter you from watching a movie anyway. It is a movie. If they threw in people just because of their ethnicity or color would that make for a better movie? I think that would be even more racist.

  • GPyle

    Saw it Saturday and it was good movie. Love to see sequel, but box-office-dollars will determine that. Not having any big star or stars in the flick made movie-goers shy away.

    • Juggernaut

      I can see what you’re saying to a degree. However, Kevin Bacon has been a major movie star for the last thirty plus years starring in over sixty movies. As well as Fassbender and McAvoy whom both have been on the rise. Also, Oliver Platt, James Remar and Michael Ironside, while playing supporting cast members all have signifigantly long film careers. Add in January Jones and Rose Byrne, who star in two of the most poular cable series’ and other lesser known actors like the always terrific Jason Fleming and up and comer Jennifer Lawrence and it makes for a pretty solid cast.

      • Juggernaut

        Not to mention the cameos!

      • Juggernaut

        Not to mention the cameos!

      • Lexavi80

        I like so much Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw. he did such an amazing job that I can’t help but feel sorry for him not being in another X-Men movie.

        Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy were OUTSTANDING in they’re roles, and I just can’t wait for them to repeat them.

        The supporting cast was also brilliant. Although he’s role in the movie was short, I almost pee myslef whe I saw Michael Ironside. What can I say… the guy still have it in him. I feel he could kill me with just one dirty look.

        Jason Flemyng RULED as Azazel, although I was expecting more dialog from the character. Flemyng is a very good actor so I expect more development for the character in the sequel.

        The same goes for Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee. I loved the character’s action scenes. I think the kid did it great and I hope he can do more in the sequel.

        I just can’t see wrong in this movie.

        • Juggernaut

          Agreed on all counts. Although, like you said, Azazel was so cool that I feel that they should have elaborated on his character a bit. There was a lot to cover in there so I suppose it is forgivable.

        • Juggernaut

          Agreed on all counts. Although, like you said, Azazel was so cool that I feel that they should have elaborated on his character a bit. There was a lot to cover in there so I suppose it is forgivable.

      • Lexavi80

        I like so much Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw. he did such an amazing job that I can’t help but feel sorry for him not being in another X-Men movie.

        Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy were OUTSTANDING in they’re roles, and I just can’t wait for them to repeat them.

        The supporting cast was also brilliant. Although he’s role in the movie was short, I almost pee myslef whe I saw Michael Ironside. What can I say… the guy still have it in him. I feel he could kill me with just one dirty look.

        Jason Flemyng RULED as Azazel, although I was expecting more dialog from the character. Flemyng is a very good actor so I expect more development for the character in the sequel.

        The same goes for Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee. I loved the character’s action scenes. I think the kid did it great and I hope he can do more in the sequel.

        I just can’t see wrong in this movie.

  • Lexavi80

    I hope this movie get the “Titanic Sindrome”: Ok opening, but it stayed on theaters (because of the demand) for months.

    I loved this movie, and I NEED a sequel so bad!.

  • Juggernaut

    @Dedpool- I agree about the use of Apocalypse. If they do a sequel to “First Class” Sinister and the Marauders would be awesome! There could be allusions to Apocalypse in there. Enough to set up his arrival if they ever do a sequel to “The Last Stand”. They could do Apocalypse in the second sequel to “First Class” if Fox decided not to follow up “The Last Stand”. He could be done in the last leg of the prequel trilogy however it would admittedly be a bit lack luster. Hopefully the positive fan support leads to more money for the film and in turn spouts out sequels and reinvigorates the franchise. Hopefully then a fourth installment to the first set of films can be done with a proper version of Apocalyose.

    Man, that was hard to explain! My brain hurts. Lol.

  • Juggernaut

    @Dedpool- I agree about the use of Apocalypse. If they do a sequel to “First Class” Sinister and the Marauders would be awesome! There could be allusions to Apocalypse in there. Enough to set up his arrival if they ever do a sequel to “The Last Stand”. They could do Apocalypse in the second sequel to “First Class” if Fox decided not to follow up “The Last Stand”. He could be done in the last leg of the prequel trilogy however it would admittedly be a bit lack luster. Hopefully the positive fan support leads to more money for the film and in turn spouts out sequels and reinvigorates the franchise. Hopefully then a fourth installment to the first set of films can be done with a proper version of Apocalyose.

    Man, that was hard to explain! My brain hurts. Lol.