Sunday update: Though X-Men: First Class might have had the lowest opening weekend for an X-Men film, good word of mouth ensured that it had the second most favorable first to second weekend divide, behind 2003′s similarly acclaimed X2: X-Men United.
X-Men: First Class earned an estimated $25 million this weekend according to Box Office Mojo, representing a 54.6 percent decline — similar to X2‘s 53 percent, and way below X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s 67 and 69 percent drops, respectively. The $25m take was good enough for the weekend’s second place behind Super 8, and a domestic total nearing $99m.
Original story: Despite suffering the bad PR of “lowest opening weekend for an X-Men film yet” (Conan O’Brien even made a monologue joke about that) X-Men: First Class is holding strong thus far in its second weekend, finishing at No. 2, below only the debuting Super 8.
According to Box Office Mojo, First Class grossed $7.6 million on Friday, behind Super 8‘s $12.2m. That puts First Class at a domestic total of $81.5m, and should be within striking distance of $100m by the end of the weekend. Its current worldwide take is $156 million, close to the reported production budget of $160m. Marvel’s Thor is still hanging in the top 10 at No. 9.
We’ll update tomorrow with the full weekend estimates.