Everyone Skips Mutant Summer School

Though it initially looks like X-Men: First Class isn't as big of a hit as it could/needs to be, things might be OK. Meanwhile, things are definitely OK for funny ladies and funny old men.

1) X-Men: First Class — $56M
Saved by the Mutants: The Old Class did not do the same enormous numbers as other debuts this summer, and performed much lower than previous X-Men films, but maybe that's OK! People have to get used to a non-Patrick Stewart version of mutants on parade, and that takes a little while. Give the rebooted franchise time, it might be a slow burn that's setting up for a bigger sequel (a la Batman Begins). We need to ease into a new X-Men movie series, get a little foreplay going first, take some deep breaths, close our eyes and go to some sort of limber zen state of mind. Much like we probably will need to for the new Spider-Man saga next year. I mean, it's weird that movies starring the likes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Andrew Garfield require all of this tentative preparation, we figured we'd just hop right in and go to town with these movies, but sometimes our hearts and minds need a little extra coaxing. Plus a little stretching never hurt.

2) The Hangover Part II — $32M
This movie dropped a precipitous 60-something percent from its debut last week, but that was sort of expected as its opening weekend was so freaking ginormous. It's still did pretty well, though! There is no shortage of dudes in this country willing to see a movie on a weekend, that is one thing that summer movie season proves to us time and time again. There are lots of dudes and they want to see movies. (And, by extension, their women do too.) Maybe it's the air conditioning luring them in, maybe it's big icy soda pops, maybe it's the promise of being awed and carried away somewhere fantastic again, like when they were kids, like maybe they don't have to go to work on Monday and the whole summer is sprawling out free and unplanned before them. Maybe it's one of those things. Or maybe it's just that dudes like things about people getting drunk or shooting plasma beams out of their faces. Maybe everyone's just bored. All I know is that I've considered seeing Thor in June when I really wouldn't consider it in November. A strange kind of summer thinking, I guess.

3) Kung Fu Panda 2 — $24.3
Yimou Zhang's latest sweeping action epic, the meditative story of a young man (or panda) reconciling his inner turmoil by letting go of the past, fared reasonably well, though family films usually hold up a little better in their second weeks than this one did. Maybe some people just didn't get it, so they told friends and family members not to see it because it was too confusing. And I get that. I mean, we're talking about Kung Fu Panda 2 here, not Tree of Life. This isn't easy entertainment.

5) Bridesmaids — $12M
With another small 25% drop this weekend, Kristen Wiig's comedy has now crossed the $100 million mark, thus ensuring she will get another movie. Does she have anything left in her bag of tricks? The next movie should just be called The Adventures of Noodle Woman and it's just her doing that funny arm-noodly thing she does. Or she could do an Olive Oyl movie. That would definitely work. Just her as Olive Oyl doing weird noodly dancing. I think people might see those movies. As long as they involved some sort of uncontrollable body fluid scene and maybe like a small part for Andy Samberg or someone. Andy Samberg as Bluto? Will Forte as Popeye? Call me up, Hollywood, I have ideas!

8) Midnight in Paris — $2.9M
A small number except when you consider 1) it's a Woody Allen movie and Woody Allen movies don't tend to do all that well these days and 2) it made $19,000 per screen. That's a lotta money per screen! As this slowly opens wider and wider, might it become a little sleeper hit? That'd be a nice thing for all involved, and for the fact that it's largely about the ghosts of literary figures. (Well, sort of ghosts.) Old literary figures don't tend to get a lot of attention during the summer movie season, with the obvious exception of Transformers, with its obvious nods to Kafka and Jean Genet's The Balcony. Goooo, writers!