Guess what everyone: A new X-Men movie hits theaters this weekend and it's actually pretty damn good! 20th Century Fox should be stoked to see all the positive buzz surrounding X-Men: First Class, and assuming that buzz translates to big box office, we could see director Matthew Vaughn's stock rise higher than it's ever been before.
You Pick the Box Office Winner (6/3-6/5)
Since the X-Men franchise is such a big, well-known beast at the box office, it'll arrive all by itself in wide release this weekend, which may give it a giant advantage. That said, it's hard to count out The Hangover 2, which broke records last weekend. Let's back up first and take a look at this week's new wide release…
X-Men: First Class
What's the Scoop: This X-Men prequel sort of reboots the entire franchise by casting James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as a younger Professor X and Magneto before they took on their superhero identities and were just a couple of mutants trying to find their own way in the world. Set in the 1960s, this installment tells the story of how the X-Men came to be, and how the very real Cuban Missile Crisis played a major role in the future of the franchise.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Because it's the only major new wide release, and it's a massive Marvel superhero property that a lot of folks already know and love. Plus, the film rocks pretty hard.
My Prediction: Despite the really strong opening for The Hangover 2, I think the strong buzz for X-Men: First Class will ultimately help the film triumph over the comedy sequel.
My Pick of the Week: In case it's not obvious enough, I really dug X-Men: First Class, and if you're any sort of comic book/superhero movie fan, you will too.
Now it's your turn to sound off and tell us which film you think will win the weekend box office …
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