Update: Article updated with final box office figures.
X-Men: First Class opened to a solid, albeit not very spectacular, $55,101,604 in its first weekend from 3,641 theaters. The film grossed $21.399M on Friday, added $19.713M on Saturday and ended the weekend with a $13.990 Sunday. There were no other new wide releasing films this weekend.
That’s okay but nowhere close to what the last ‘X-Men’ film grossed — 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” ($85.058M from 4,099 theaters / $5M midnight from 2,000 theaters). However, after opening with a stronger midnight than “Thor” ($3.37M vs. $3.25M) there was some thought the film could come closer to that film’s opening weekend ($65.723M). This is the 2nd weakest debut for an X-Men film — ahead of only 2000’s “X-Men” (which finishes significantly ahead when adjusting for inflation). It’s also the weakest debut for a Marvel property since 2007’s “Ghost Rider” ($45.389M).
‘First Class’ added a stronger $64M from foreign markets for a worldwide weekend cume of $119.1M.
Rounding out the top five were The Hangover Part II in second place with $31.381M ($185.808M cume / $337.308M worldwide), Kung Fu Panda 2 in third with $23.888M ($100.028M cume/ $225.028M worldwide), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in fourth with $17.955M ($190.201M cume/ $790.601M worldwide) and Bridesmaids in fifth with $12.041M ($107.167M cume/ $107.315M worldwide).
Also worth noting: Thor crossed $425M worldwide ($427.123M) with $4.250M for the weekend (#6 — $169.123M domestic cume) and Fast Five crossed $200M domestic and is nearing $600M worldwide (#7 – $3.165M / $201.980M domestic cume / $568.480M worldwide).
Source: Box Office Mojo