According to early estimates, X-Men: First Class hit a franchise-low box office on Friday night, likely in part to the absence of Wolverine. It is expected that X-Men: First Class will rake in an estimated $21 million on Friday, which, if correct, will be down a significant 39% from the $34.5 million that its predecessor X-Men Origins: Wolverine did back in May of 2009. The 2009 flick had an overall domestic gross of about $180 million, and the movie now in theaters is expected to do a lot less than that.
Compared to the 2006 flick X-Men: The Last Stand, which did just over $45 million on its first night, X-Men: First Class was down just over 53%. That movie went on to do $234 million. X-Men: The Last Stand was the highest grossing movie of the franchise thus far, and it looks like the remaining movies will all be downhill from here. By comparison, the original X-Men in 2000 did about $21 million on its first night with an overall gross of $157 million, which is what many experts expect the movie currently in theaters to do overall. The 2003 flick X2: X-Men United, the second movie of the franchise, did $215 million overall with $31 million on its first night.