Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston have done what Magneto could not: opened up a can of butt-whoopin' on Wolverine, Storm and the rest of the X-Men. 'The Break-Up' netted $38.1 mil to wrench the No. 1 spot at the box office out of Wolverine's adamantium-clawed grasp this weekend. 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' which opened to a record-shattering $103 million three-day take last weekend, dropped 67 percent to $34.4 million. Here are three big reasons 'The Break-Up' broke 'X-Men' ...
1) Everyone and their mother, father, sister, brother and goldfish saw 'X-Men' last week, which actually makes its $34.4 mil take pretty impressive -- especially when you consider that a decent chunk of those who saw 'Last Stand' this weekend were repeat viewers, aka diehard comic book fans, aka single guys who wouldn't be interested in 'The Break-Up' anyway.
2) Vince and Jen's on-screen chemistry proved just as potent as their media-grabbing off-screen romance. While movies like this usually appeal primarily to women (and the reluctant boyfriends of said women), the presence of everyman icon Vince Vaughn helped to draw a more dude-heavy audience. The buzz surrounding Jennifer Aniston's nude on-screen stroll didn't hurt, either.
3) Despite the fact that 'The Break-Up' is as much about the failure of love as it is about love's sweet sweet awesomeness, this is the first big romantic comedy of the summer. And instead of depending on a sinking cruise ship or a levitating Golden Gate Bridge or Tom Cruise blowin' stuff up, 'The Break-Up' relies on the funny/awkward emotional blow-ups of ex-lovers for its fireworks. And you know what? That's what people dig about it. As for me, I like to think that somewhere Huey Lewis is reading this with a big knowing smirk on his face, nodding his head in agreement and murmuring, "Hey man, that's the power of love."
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