Fox prequel tops box office; 'Hangover' in second place

20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: First Class” made top marks Friday, earning $21 million from 3,641 locations.

The comic-based Cold War actioner took $3.375 in its Thursday midnight bow, outpacing Marvel kin “Thor’s” $3.25 million take. Though “First Class’s” opening night is 17.6% behind “Thor’s,” pic is expected to make close to $60 million this weekend, well more than Fox’s modest expectations.

“First Class” is this frame’s sole wide release, bowing domestically and in 55 int’l markets.

In second, soph slugger “The Hangover Part II” took $10.5 million from 3,615 locations. Though the Warner Bros. laffer is down 67% from its opening night, it has cumed an impressive $164.9 million domestic in nine days.

Paramount’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” took third with $6.25 million from 3,952 playdates, and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” took fourth with $5.1 million from 3,966 engagements.

Globally, “On Stranger Tides” has became the fastest film to cross the $700 million mark, already eclipsing the franchise’s first feature’s entire run.

Universal’s “Bridesmaids” rounds out Friday’s top five with $3.6 million from 2,919 locations.

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