Box Office Preview: 'X-Men' Going 'First Class'

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After a record-setting Memorial weekend, movie theaters around the country are preparing for yet another summer blockbuster to drive customers to the multiplex. Twentieth Century Fox’s “X-Men: First Class,” featuring a critically-acclaimed director and top actors, is set to earn a leading $50 million by Sunday night.

The prequel is the fourth installment in the highly-successful “X-Men” franchise, which has generated over $1 billion in global revenue to date.

Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover Part II” is poised to have a strong second weekend, with a likely No. 2 finish of around $40 million. In just seven record-topplingdays, the film has earned nearly $150 million in North America and over $200 million worldwide.

Dreamworks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” from Paramount is looking at a third-place finish this weekend, earning just under $30 million. The family-friendly PG-rated film had a second-place debut over Memorial weekend, earning $67 million in its first five days of release and $135 million worldwide.

Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is an international sensation, having amassed a fortune approaching the $600 million mark in about two weeks. Entering its third weekend with over $170 million earned in North America, the film is still a major summer contender and is expected to come in at No. 4 with around $20 million.

“Bridesmaids” from Universal is clearly an audience favorite with a strong midweek gross and weekend drops in the low 20 percent range. Expect a fifth-place finish in the low teens for this R-rated favorite that should cross the $100 million mark by the end of the weekend.

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