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Weekend Box Office: $56 Million 'First Class' Opening Isn't X-actly What Fox Had In Mind

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 5, 2011 5:16 AM
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As the only major opening of the week, it was not a surprise to see “X-Men: First Class” reign with a $56 million total. For those keeping track at home (why are you doing this?), this is the lowest-scoring opening weekend for any of the four films in the “X-Men” series save for the eleven-year old first entry, and not a particularly impressive start for the only new wide release in town. This isn’t even taking into account a summer that has seen the fifth and fourth installments of the “Fast And The Furious” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean” achieve great success.

Matthew Vaughn Was A Yeller, Already Thinking Sequels & 18 Things Learned About 'X-Men First Class'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 3, 2011 6:47 AM
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"X" marks the spot! (Sorry, had to go there.) After a long wait, at least quality-wise, the mutants are back and "X-Men: First Class" has arrived and opens in theaters nationwide today. This super hero film also lands with a rather huge sigh of relief to three distinctly different groups of people. 1) The fans: after having to endure two mediocre to abysmal installments of the 'X-Men' series ("X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), the Matthew Vaughn-directed "X-Men: First Class," is a nice return to form and almost on-par with Bryan Singer's much beloved "X2" (read our positive review) 2) The non-disastrous quality of the film is also a huge sigh of relief to the cast who were expecting something else. 'First Class' was shot, edited and finished in a lightning-fast 10-month period and actors have already publicly admitted that the uber-rushed-production of the film made them worry they were putting their efforts into polishing a turd. So a remarkably steady picture -- also considering the myriad story threads -- is not only a major comfort, it's a major surprise. 3) The studio: Trying to get their blockbuster brand back to health, 20th Century Fox gambled big time with the rushed schedule of "X-Men: First Class," but thanks to Vaughn they rolled snake eyes. This should be precipitating whoops and cheers from the execs, frankly.The film wasn't cheap to make, the actual production was one huge question mark, but now their franchise is back in good standing with critics (and soon to be fans) and sequels will surely be on their way (and yes, everyone in the cast is signed up for a trilogy, as is de rigueur these days). The film's arrival is good news to everyone.

In Theaters: 'X-Men: First Class' Bullies 'Submarine' & 'Beginners' At The Box Office

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 3, 2011 4:03 AM
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What up, my mutants? It's time for another summer comic book tentpole! Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" hits theaters with its stacked line up of stars. If 'splosions n' laser beams n' shape shifting aren't your thing, you are in luck, as not one but two charming indie dramas also start their roll out: "Submarine," the debut feature from Richard Ayoade, and Mike Mills' sophomore effort "Beginners." There's also a host of smaller projects on screens, so let's get started, shall we?

Review: Despite All Its Little Foibles, 'X-Men: First Class' Is Near First Rate

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 1, 2011 3:30 AM
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While a titled cross has been key in "X-Men: First Class" iconography (as well as a huge part of its incessant and not-entirely-original marketing campaign), suggesting that "X" indeed does mark the spot, the symbol most associated with the highly anticipated sequel/prequel/reboot/whatever-the-fuck-it-is is a question mark. Things have been leaning to and fro in the buildup to the movie's release, with pros and cons both flying wildly. Its unequaled cast (including a mix of veterans and up-and-comers including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and more) was balanced out by reports of an insanely hectic and rushed shooting schedule (ten months to get through production and post-production) and the unvarnished interviews with director Matthew Vaughn, who claimed to have worked with five different cinematographers and was largely unaware of who the crew was on any particular day.

Another 'Avengers' Villain Revealed? Plus Major 'X-Men: First Class' Spoiler Leaks

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 29, 2011 3:53 AM
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Obviously huge spoilers about the forthcoming "The Avengers" and "X-Men: First Class" abound in this post. If you don't want to know anything and would rather keep the surprises fresh then move along to another post. There should be enough 'First Class' clips and images to keep you busy until you see the movie next week. For everyone else who just has to know, please read on....

Rewind: The Week In Movies, May 23rd-May 28th

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 28, 2011 8:17 AM
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This week showcased an unusual nexus between the Memorial Day blockbuster weekend and the close of the Cannes Film Festival. So, naturally, it makes sense that there would be a certain level of inactivity. But if you thought that, you don’t know The Playlist.

Matthew Vaughn Admits Take That In 'First Class' For "Pure Commerce" & To Attract Women To The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 1:40 AM
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Reveals That He's Still Thinking About A 'Kick-Ass' Sequel'It has been a pretty excellent week for candid director interviews. If you haven't seen it, Dave Poland's interview with Todd Phillips is practically a classic with the helmer spending the opening minutes of the interview ripping into the movie blogger and then fast forward to the end where it caps it off particularly memorably. And with "X-Men: First Class" coming out next week, Matthew Vaughn has hit the press circuit and been dropping truth bombs all over the place, not hiding from the various queries that have come his way.

Matthew Vaughn Says 'Kick-Ass 2' Would Be "Crass" & Had No Idea Who His Crew Was On 'First Class'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 7:20 AM
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Disses Brett Ratner's 'X3' Revealing His Version Would've Been 40 Minutes LongerAs long as someone will listen to him, "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar will talk and more than likely, it will be bullshit. He spent much of last year telling anyone and everyone that "Kick-Ass 2" was a sure thing. No one really believed him anyway, but earlier this year screenwriter Jane Goldman tweeted, “Saw a few erroneous reports today that I’m currently writing Kick Ass 2 script – sorry if anyone’s disappointed, but not true.” She went on to add, “Currently writing for 2 other projects, then on to lovely Matthew [Vaughn]’s next thing (right now, looks unlikely to be [‘Kick-Ass 2’]) when ‘X-Men’ post-prod’ ends.” So once again, Millar's hubris gets the best of him but it appears that of all the behind-the-camera talent on the comic movie, he's the only one who really wants to do it.

Watch: 6 New Clips From 'X-Men: First Class' Invokes Lots Of Familiar Political Talk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 4:27 AM
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Also Shows First Real Look At Sebastian ShawSo, do you want to see "X-Men: First Class" without paying for it? Given the amount of stills, clips, TV spots and trailers Fox has dropped for the film, someone could probably put together a pretty decent chunk of footage from the film. At any rate, it certainly seems as if the studio doesn't care about holding anything back or saving some of the surprises for the big screen.

Matthew Vaughn Says He Would Start 'First Class' Sequel With JFK Assassination Committed By Magneto

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 7:44 AM
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Also Says Only One New Character Will Be IntroducedWith early reactions positioning Matthew Vaughn's anticipated and epic (yes, it runs just under 2 hours and 15 minutes) "X-Men: First Class" as a winner, sequel talk is already underway. While earlier reports have speculated whether or not the film will time jump to the '70s or '80s, it looks like Vaughn isn't ready to leave the '60s setting of his origin story film just yet and he's got a pretty bonkers idea on where to kick-off a followup to 'First Class.'

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