If you have a choice of seeing "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in a near empty theater at 10 in the morning or a packed midnight show where you're the oldest woman there by at least 20 years, I suggest you choose the latter.
After catching a morning critics screening earlier in the week, I went to one of two soldout shows of the film at 12:01 this morning, and it seemed to be college-age fans, my husband, me and my son. Actually, my son, who is 17, saw one friend who was there with an older sister (there's a curfew at the AMC Waterfront; teens must be accompanied by adults at that late hour).
Of course, the kids were really into it.
They laughed louder at the few jokes, which seemed funnier when they did, and they got many references. Mostly, this crowd was there to see how Gambit (the mutant Remy LeBeau, who can charge objects with kinetic energy) would be imagined on the screen. They cheered when his name was first mentioned, well before actor Taylor Kitsch made his big-screen big debut.
If they felt short-changed by his relatively small role -- this movie belongs to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Liev Schrieber's Victor Creed (Sabretooth), they probably felt the same way about Wade Wilson/Deadpool. In just two scenes, Ryan Reynolds made the biggest impression on my son, who said he wanted to see a Deadpool sequel about 20 times as we left the theater at 2 this morning.
I hadn't been to a midnight show at the Waterfront before and it was exciting to see an eager, pretty well-behaved crowd there and the concessions manned and doing brisk business. Because "Wolverine" was on two screens, there was no waiting in line when we got there at 10:45 and found seats. My family got to see the end of the triple overtime NBA game between Chicago and Boston up in the Loews Club, so everyone was happy.
All in all, the crowded show was the reason I go to the movies: entertainment as a communal experience.
I saw "Star Trek" recently, too, with a big audience. If you're a fan, may I again suggest that watching with other fans is definitely the way to go.