“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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