“X-Men” opens well on Friday while “Hangover” plummets

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Looks like the X-Men will have very little trouble conquering the box office this weekend, and “First Class” will be in first place come Sunday.

The fifth “X-Men” movie, which acts as a prequel to the previous four, grossed an estimated $21 million on Friday, putting it on track to meet trackers’ expectations of $55 million for the film’s opening weekend., THR reports. That’s a decent opening weekend for a film that boasts no marquee stars (though James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are brilliant talents who deserve to be selling tickets). It’s just off the mark from previous Marvel mutant adventures. FOX’s standalone “Wolverine” film earned $85 million in its debut weekend in 2009, while the third “X-Men” film, “The Last Stand,” opened to $102.7 million in 2006.

But “First Class” still has plenty of distance between itself and “The Hangover Part II,” which had nowhere to go but down in its second weekend. The sequel dropped a steep 68% from the previous week, posting an estimated $9.3M on Friday.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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