13 June 2011

In Its Second Week, X-Men Out-Supered

In not terribly surprising news, X-Men: First Class dropped to second place for the weekend behind opener Super 8. The second weekend total of $25 million elevated the mutants to a $99 million domestic total to date, officially surpassing the total of The Green Hornet. The X-Men still has some gas in the tank, having kept nearly an even pace with the original X-Men film. Look for a finish close to $150 million. Thor continues to chug along. At nearly $174 million, Thor looks to peter out at about $180 million.

Next weekend, Green Lantern opens as a bit of a wild card. Images of the movie have been plastered everywhere, but some negative buzz has fed skeptics. Remember DC has a lot riding on this movie's success including plans for a Lantern Trilogy and a Flash franchise. My gut tells me it will do fair to good since it does look like it has potential for a broader audience than X-Men or Thor. It definitely looks more family friendly than X-Men, but whether or not that translates into camp is yet to be seen. I am keeping my fingers crossed for an opening around $65 million and a near $200 million finish.

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