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June 07, 2011  | by: Svenja van den Woldenberg

X-Men First Class Cast

The surprise box office king of the weekend was X-Men: First Class, earning $56 million in just three days.

The fifth installment of the X-Men movie series featured an entirely new cast (sorry, no Hugh Jackman) and was produced by Bryan Singer, who also directed the first two installments. Overall, the movie cost about $160 million to shoot and has globally grossed $120 million.

Chris Aronson, executive vice president of distribution for Fox, said, “We had a number of challenges to reboot this movie, but we had a very stylish director and a very young talented group of actors who are on their way to being household names because they’re that good.”

The first installment of the franchise premiered eleven years ago next month, and the series was developed further for the next six years following the original, until it diverted into prequels. The first prequel came in 2009 with Wolverine, which suffered through much criticism but earned an impressive $179.8 million in total.

Still, compared to the other installments, X-Men: First Class does not compare well in it’s overall gross, except to the original X-Men, which grossed $54.4 million in 2000. The three most successful mutant movies were X2, which premiered in 2003 with $85.5 million, X-Men: The Last Stand, which premiered on Memorial Day weekend in 2006 with a very impressive $102.7 million, and Wolverine with $85 million.

The two box office runner ups, The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2, have both lost some of their original momentum in a post-holiday weekend slump.

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