X-Men: First Place At US Box Office

But the mutants' power is weaker...

Professor Xavier and his young mutants might have the power to help save the world from nuclear war, but the X-Men franchise pre-boot (prequel reboot) First Class didn’t quite soar into the stratosphere, opening to a decent $56 million (unlike many other recent blockbusters, that's without a 3D price bump). Still, hopefully good word of mouth may mean it has strong legs.

Despite a hefty opening, negative buzz looks to have made The Hangover 2’s own legs a little wobbly, as the comedy sequel tumbled 62% on its second weekend, earning $32.4 million. Still, a huge launch around the world means that Todd Phillips and co won’t be too worried – it’s already on course to earn as much as (or more than) the original. Kung Fu Panda 2 slipped to third with $24.3 million, while Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides dipped to fourth with $18 million. Bridesmaids rounded out the top five, taking $12.1 million this weekend.

Thor fell one place to sixth, nabbing $4.2 million, while Fast Five was seventh with $3.2 million. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris continued to do well as it added $2.9 million in eighth place. Ninth was Jumping the Broom, which took $865,000 and switched places with Something Borrowed, which went down to 10th and $835,000.

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