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Mania Box Office Report: WOLVERINE Wins Average Weekend

Wolverine has 5th best X-Men Opener.

By JarrodSarafin     July 29, 2013
Source: Box Office Mojo

 Thirteen years after 20th Century Fox introduced Hugh Jackman as Marvel’s famed Wolverine character in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, the studio unleashed their sixth installment of the franchise into theaters over the weekend.  Even with the studio taking off the “X” namesake in its title, The Wolverine slashed his way into 3,944 theaters, taking down an estimated $55 million in cash.

 With another $86.1 million coming from its early foreign distribution, the studio has crossed out its $120 million production budget with a worldwide sum of $141.1 million. It may not have had the best opening but it’s not too shabby to have that kind of number after the first three days of release…

While that domestic score is the 8th best opening of the 2013 summer season,  it’s only the 5th best opening of the 6 X-Men releases. The weekend result has it coming in $600,000 above 2000’s X-Men and  $100,000 below the opening score of 2011’s X-Men: First Class ($55.1 mil). The release was directed by James Mangold, based off a script by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank.
Here’s how it ranks against the other X-titles.
X-Men Franchise Opening Results:
1.       X-Men: The Last Stand - $102.7 mil
2.       X2: X-Men United- $85.8 mil
3.       X-Men Origins: Wolverine- $85.0 mil
4.       X-Men: First Class- $55.1 mil
5.       The Wolverine- $55.0 mil
6.       X-Men- $54.4 mil
What did you think of this latest Wolverine adventure? Sound off below…
The Wolverine
$55.0 mil
$55.0 mil
The Conjuring
$22.1 mil
$83.8 mil
Despicable Me 2
$16.0 mil
$306.4 mil
$13.3 mil
$55.7 mil
Grown Ups 2
$11.5 mil
$101.6 mil
Red 2
$9.4 mil
$35.0 mil
Pacific Rim
$7.5 mil
$84.0 mil
The Heat
$6.8 mil
$141.2 mil
$5.8 mil
$24.3 mil
Fruitvale Station
$4.6 mil
$6.3 mil
Friday, August 2 Releases:
The Smurfs 2 (3,400+ theaters)
2 Guns (2,800+ theaters)
Europa Report
Cockneys vs. Zombies
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
The Spectacular Now



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jedibanner 7/29/2013 5:25:27 AM

Kind of sad to see Pacific Rim not doing as well. I know from what I've seen, even the theatre guys couldn't believe how many screens were in 3D and the theatre was empty but the one that was not 3D was always packed...a sign that 3D is directly hurting some sales since they are offering more hours of screening in 3D and less people want to see it.

Let's hope time will change that habit and reverse the way movies are showned so in majority it's shown in 2D and 3D in minority.

goirish83 7/29/2013 5:35:03 AM

Saw "The Wolverine", reaaly good movie.  Great teaser midway through the credits.  @jedi, I agree with you 100%, 3-D for the most part sucks and does not enhance a movie.

redvector 7/29/2013 5:45:20 AM

When you consider The Wolverine had no competition that box office take wasn't very impressive at all. Especially considering Fox was predicting 80 million. I'll revise my flop assessment but it's not the huge hit Fox was predicting which was delusional at best and stupid at worst. It'll a have steep drop off next week and be blown away by Smurfs 2.

hanso 7/29/2013 5:59:15 AM

 As I mentioned in The Wolverine review, Origins sucked balls, lack of recognizable mutants and actors hurt the box office.  

Eldogg42 7/29/2013 6:36:36 AM

The sad thing is, that the two worst movies of that list are in the top 3, so opening box office numbers do not make a good movie.  I saw it opening night, and I thought it was good.  Of course, I went in thinking the worst.  I just have so little faith in FOX that I already assume the worst.  It was a good Wolverine story, but then again, of those six movies, there was only one real X-Men story.  I thought we were going in a good direction with First Class, but now I here that DOFP is gonna focus on (of course) wolverine.

monkeyfoot 7/29/2013 6:39:32 AM

Saw TW (I'm starting that abbreviation) Saturday in a packed 2D showing. I personally avoid 3D unless there is no other good showing for a film. Hopefully, the only other 3D I see this year is Hobbit 2.

I enjoyed the movie. I haven't read the mini-series in years and didn't on purpose in order to just see the story they made and not look for something. I like that it had a plot that involved dialogue and character development in an action movie. I liked that Wolverine had demons to reconcile. I enjoyed that he got hurt...I mean really hurt. It was something that hurts me even thinking about it.

I thought the action was good but not great. I enjoy great fight choreography and this didn't strike me as amazing but it did the job.

I didn't like the post credit scene. It felt totally out of place because it didn't match the style of the rest of the movie and felt tacked on for promotional purposes. Disney/Marvel just seems to do this better.

Wiseguy 7/29/2013 6:54:35 AM

The funny thing is that I think it was Fox that started the mid or after credit scene. I thought it was OK but no big surprise.

I really enjoyed The Wolverine all around. This IMO may be the best Wolverine portrayal yet. I'm glad Tom Rothman left Fox because I think he was the primary culprit for Origins.

The main problem with these films now is continuity. So many issues there I almost have to ignore them.

Wiseguy 7/29/2013 7:06:22 AM

Oh yeah finally saw Pacific Rim in I-Max 3D. Better than I thought it would be but it didn't bowl me over. Still it's doing about as poor as I predicted and it isn't blowing up the box office overseas either. They still have Japan and China so it may do gangbusters there but even foreign markets so far look weak.

Saw RIPD. Fun film and like the trailer promises very much in the vein of MIB. Just silly fun and nothing more. Kevin Bacon is always worth seeing IMO. And Jeff Bridges always wins me over.

Also WWZ. Good not great. More of an action film than a horror one. Wish they would've stuck to traditional zombies instead of the ones from 28 Days Later with rabies.


Still hope to see The Conjuring and 2 Guns this week. Fruitvale Station too. Ah heck and a few others just to catch up

ddiaz28 7/29/2013 7:48:50 AM

I too finally saw Pac Rim in IMAX 3D, but unlike Wiseguy, I was bowled over.  I kept having to remind myself to close my mouth since it was agape for most of the film.  It was the perfect summer blockbuster for me and just had so many awesome actoin moments.  The effects were impeccable as well.  I would actually like to see it again on a smaller screen because it was just so awesomely huge in IMAX, I probably missed seeing some things.  I sure hope releasing in China and Japan will significantly add to it's BO total.  It deserves is.

flyinroo 7/29/2013 9:01:33 AM

 First half of Wolverine was good, but that didnt last. When I walked out of the film, I thought it was good, just a weak ending....then my friend and I began talking about it on the way home and the more we talked, the worse the movie got. I really wanted to like it, but it really just didn't make any sense. Ultimately I got more fun out of the Origins movie than this one. Still not sure if this movie is worse than Iron Man 3 or not, but both are top contenders for the worst movie I've seen this summer.

I really want to see Pacific Rim. It looks like a lot of fun. And I need to see Red 2 as well, loved the first one so much.

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