According to The Los Angeles Times, “X-Men: First Class” finished at number one in the weekend box office game, but its $56 million domestic gross gives some in the industry pause. While it beats the first “X-Men” film’s opening take, it pales in comparison to “X-Men 3: The Last Stand’s” debut at $105.9 million. The LA Times article states the film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, cost something in the neighborhood of $160 million to make. Twentieth Century Fox, the studio that produces the “X-Men” series suggests the soft reboot nature of the film kept moviegoers at bay.
“This is also the first “X-Men” film that does not star recognizable A-lister Hugh Jackman — although the actor has a brief cameo in the film,” the Times writes. “Instead, it features an ensemble cast of lesser-known but still critically acclaimed actors like independent film star Michael Fassbender, British actor James McAvoy and recent best actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence.” It seems, as in comics, Wolverine is the best at what he does … and what he does is inspire people to open their wallets.
With the overseas gross bringing the final weekend tally to $120 million, the film is well on its way to earning back its production cost. The Times article notes the “X-Men” movies are popular in foreign markets. Despite the press surrounding “First Class'” weekend take seeming oddly negative, not all is lost in the superhero movie sweepstakes. “Thor” opened with $65.7 million, a number that made Marvel Studios and distributor Paramount happy. To date, the film — which also features plenty of fresh faces — has made $427 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The summer also has three more comic book-based properties to battle at the box office with “Green Lantern” due for release on June 17 and “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Cowboys & Aliens” out in July.