X-Men First Class jets in at number one

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The X-Men blasted back onto the big screen this weekend, and made their way, quite comfortably, straight to first place at the box office.

Though X-Men: First Class didn’t enjoy an opening weekend anywhere near as profitable as the last two X films ( The Last Stand and Wolverine ), it still enjoyed a decent debut with $54m.

Market analysts are blaming that comparatively low figure ( Wolverine opened with $85m) on the lack of Hugh Jackman – but considering the rave reviews First Class has been receiving, it should definitely have staying power at the box office.

Suffering from less kind reviews was The Hangover: Part II , which fell to second place with $42m, while other sequel Kung Fu Punda 2 plumped for third ($24m). Pirates 4 dropped one spot to fourth ($18m), as did Bridemaids in fifth ($12m).

The rest of the top ten looked pretty the same as last week, with the notable absence of Rio – previously in eighth, it’s now nowhere in sight.

Thor took sixth place ($4.2m), Fast Five reversed into seventh ($3.2m), while Midnight In Paris ($2.9m), Jumping The Broom ($865,000) and Something Borrowed ($835,000) were all in eighth, ninth and tenth position respectively.

Next week, the mighty Super 8 opens – expect it to completely annihilate the competition.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.