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‘X-Men: First Class’ Tops Box Office on Friday

Screen shot 2011 06 04 at 12.35.45 PMBefore Charles Xavier and Magneto were enemies, they were allies, and that relationship is depicted in the latest X-Men movie that debuted on Friday.

And that theme drove fans to theatres on Friday with “X-Men: First Class” debuting at the top of the box office, brining in an estimated $21 million according to box office mojo.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier in the week that the latest film about a team of mutants, who are shunned from the world because of their superhuman powers, would bring in between $55 million to $60 million during its opening weekend.

If that’s the case, however, “First Class” will still be far behind the opening weekend of “X-Men: The Last Stand”—the third installment of the X-Men films—which brought in $105 million on its opening weekend in 2006.

“First Class” takes viewers back to the past where the young mutants were still learning to harness their powers, during a tumultuous time in United States history.

The movie follows two young mutants, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Eric Lehnsherr, (Michael Fassbender) who begin the X-Men saga as friends, but later become enemies because of their different views of how mutants fit in to this world.

The beginning of the X-Men saga is set in the 1960’s during the Cold War, when Xavier, who becomes known as “Professor X,” sets up a school for humans with superhuman abilities.

Coming in second on Friday was the drunken comedy “Hangover Part II” earning $10.4 million.

Released on May 26, the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster has already earned more than $164 million in the United States.

Coming in third was another sequel, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which started off the weekend with $6 million in the box office.

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