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June 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

X-Men: First Class performed as studio 20th Century Fox had expected, earning an estimated $56 million over the weekend. That figure was slightly below the $60-65 million that many industry forecasters had predicted — but a solid debut nevertheless. It was also greeted relatively warmly by critics, and audiences polled by CinemaScore as they emerged from theaters gave it a B+ rating. Warner Bros.’ The Hangover: Part II didn’t hang over into its second weekend well. It dropped a considerable 62 percent from its three-day total last weekend. That compares with a 27-percent drop by the first Hangover in its second week. Paramount/DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 hung in a little better as it dropped 49 percent for an estimated $24.3 million. Overall, the box office totaled $164 million, up 27 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when Shrek Forever After led with $25.5 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo: 1. X-Men: First Class, $56 million; 2. The Hangover Part II, $32.4 million; 3. Kung Fu Panda 2, $24.3 million; 4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $18 million; 5. Bridesmaids, $12.1 million; 6. Thor, $4.2 million; 7. Fast Five, $3.2 million; 8. Midnight in Paris, $2.9 million; 9. Jumping the Broom, $865,000; 10. Something Borrowed, $835,000.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. X-Men: First Class, $55,101,604
2. The Hangover Part II, $31,381,234
3. Kung-Fu Panda 2, $17,954,603
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $12,040,875
5. Bridesmaids, $4,250,044