Logan Slashes The Competition At The Box Office
Logan is making a lot of money on his last hurrah.
The R-rated X-Men spinoff slashed into the weekend box office, opening with a massive $85.3 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The debut of 20th Century Fox’s Logan, starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, ranks among the biggest March openings ever and top R-rated debuts. Like last year’s R-rated Deadpool (also a Fox release), the better-than-expected opening for Logan — a darkly violent, gritty dramatic movie applauded by critics — further proves moviegoers’ hunger for less conventional comic book films.
“‘Deadpool,’ was to comedy what ‘Logan‘ is to drama. The only common theme is that they’re quote-unquote ‘comic-book movies’ and they’re rated R,” said Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson, who credited director and co-writer James Mangold and Jackman for executing their personal vision for the film.
Jackman has said it will be his final performance as Wolverine, whose claws he has worn for 17 years. Logan, made for about $100 million, also sold $152.5 million in tickets overseas.
“On a global scale, we’ve exceeded all pre-release expectations,” Aronson said.
Below are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Logan,” $85.3 million ($152.5 million international).
2. “Get Out,” $26.1 million.
3. “The Shack,” $16.1 million.
4. “The Lego Batman Movie,” $11.7 million ($10.4 million international).
5. “Before I Fall,” $4.9 million.
6. “John Wick: Chapter Two,” $4.7 million ($5.6 million international).
7. “Hidden Figures,” $3.8 million.
8. “The Great Wall,” $3.5 million ($6.5 million international).
9. “Fifty Shades Darker,” $3.5 million ($10.7 million international).
10. “La La Land,” $3 million ($11.1 million international).
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