One week removed from Memorial Day weekend, it was a mixed bag for movie releases on Friday. While X-Men was able to rake in an estimated $21 million, that is the lowest amount the franchise has made on day one since the original X-Men 11 years ago in 2000 — that movie also made around $21 million the first night. However, the movie franchise would then explode with 2003’s X2: X-Men United ($215 million overall; $31 million on day one, down 32%), 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand ($234 million overall; $45 million on day one, down 53%), which was the highest grossing movie of the franchise thus far, and 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($180 million overall; $34.5 million on day one, down 39%).
The Hangover Part II fell 65% compared to last Friday, bringing in an estimated $10.5 million, putting its estimated total gross to $165 million. Fortuntately for the film, however, one week into the original film, The Hangover, it had only raked in $82 million, half the number that it’s generating now. However, The Hangover only had a 38% drop from the Friday it premiered on compared to its second Friday in theaters.
Elsewhere, Kung Fu Panda 2 raked in $6.2 million for a total gross of $82.4 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides brought in $5.1 million for a total gross of $177.3 million, and Bridesmaids rounded out the top five with $3.6 million for a total gross of $98.7 million. All numbers here are estimates. Actual numbers will be released at the end of the weekend.