LOGAN Is Expected To Make $60 Million Or More On Opening Weekend
Hugh Jackman’s Logan is looking at clawing up a $60 million opening weekend when it hits theaters on March 3.
According to box office experts, the early estimates for the film are in the $55 million to $60 million range, two weeks before the third Wolverine film is set for release.
The first film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, opened to $85 million in 2009. Its sequel, The Wolverine, debuted to $53 million in 2013. The second film received better critical reviews than the first. “Origins” has a score of 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while “Wolverine” received a score of 69 percent.
So while Logan isn’t looking at an opening number comparable to “Origins,” a $60 million opening is great for a March release. The two previous films opened in the summer.
However, Logan will have to fight his way to stay #1 at the box office because Kong: Skull Island opens the week after, followed by Disney’s huge live-action film Beauty and the Beast on March 17. Those big-budget movies are expected to crush Logan in its second and third weekends at the domestic box office. However, this is typical for films in the X-Men franchise, which usually experience a 60 percent drop off their second weekend. Word of mouth and Fox don’t really get along, unless it’s Deadpool.
In the film, Logan is living in a self-imposed exile with Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), while his mutant healing abilities are in severe decline. But his solitude is interrupted by the arrival of a young girl (Dafne Keen), who possesses powers shockingly similar to Logan’s. When an army of mercenaries shows up to take her back, Logan and Professor X must take her on the road to keep her safe.
The third Wolverine movie also stars Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal. Jackman has previously stated that this movie will be the last time he’ll play the character but there’s always cameo roles, right?
James Mangold directed the film, reuniting with Jackman following their work on “The Wolverine.” This will be the first R-rated film in the X-Men franchise.
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