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WOLVERINE Debuts with $35 Mil

Just shy of Iron Man's first day.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 02, 2009

Liev Schrieber and Hugh Jackman throw down in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (slideshow)
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The opening day numbers are in for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and it looks like it will be a positive weekend performance for 20th Century Fox. With the film's midnight performance of $5 million included, the latest comic feature pulled in $35.0 million on 4,099 in its first day of theatrical release. 

In comparison to other X-Men debuts, the Friday performance has it in second place behind 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, which pulled in $45.1 million in its first day. Iron Man, which kicked off last summer's blockbuster season, had an opening day performance of $38.7 million.

While we still have to wait until tomorrow's box office report for the weekend estimates, the current forecasts call for an opening tally somewhere between $80-$85 million for its first three days.

You can check out Mania's official review of the film here.



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hanso 5/2/2009 3:30:44 PM

I hope it gets a 70% drop next weekend so Fox never makes another Xmen or superhero movie again.

Whiskeymovie 5/2/2009 3:38:40 PM

I am leaving in about an hour to go check it out. I am pumped for it. Good, Bad or indifferent, It is still Wolverine.

Predator29_home 5/2/2009 4:37:03 PM

I have to say i liked it, it was entertaining.  I mean we can't expect every movie company to stick to the story lines of comics or books or whatever. But it was good popcorn fun. I mean isn't that why we watch movies,  for fun.  Although i do think there could have been more Deadpool and Gambit.

StarlightGuard 5/2/2009 4:49:38 PM

I probably won't see this in theaters.

In fact, I'm pretty sure of it.

I own X1 and X3...the first one was only worth two viewings at most (and I mean complete viewings).

I watched X3 the day I'd bought it a few years ago, and realized I wasn't paying too much attention to it.

Still haven't seen X2.

These movies just haven't connected with me...and I don't mean X-Men in particular, I mean these "popcorn movies" haven't connected with me since the mid 90's.

In fact, they stopped being of any real entertainment to me when I saw "Independence Day" in theaters all those years ago....things went downhill pretty quickly after that.

Hobbs 5/2/2009 4:52:14 PM

Come on hanso, Hugh Jackman doesn't deserve that.  I agree Fox sucks shirley manson balls but the Studio isn't going to feel anything, Hugh on the other hand won't get a big budget to work with again if the movie fails...and we want guys like Hugh to get the big budgets because he likes to make our kind of movies.  I know you didn't care for it but it was entertaining and maybe he can rebound with a Japan story in the sequel. 

I don't think you are going to get more out of Wolverine with a PG-13 rating. I know Batman pulled off a dark tone with that rating but its Batman...Wolverine is about beserker, slashing, blood and guts etc.  He is an "R" rated character all the way.  This is the reason why Terminator Salvation is going to be only so-so...and yeah, they haven't announced the rating for Terminator yet but I bet anyone it's going to be PG-13 because they already have a toy line they want to sell to the kiddies.  PG-13 handcuffs a film as all of you are going to witness for a 2nd time this summer with T4.

I do think 70% drop off is probably realistic though...it's not tracking well and the theater I was in wasn't even half full.  It will really be interesting to see what Star Trek does next week...a lot of people are banking on that thing making 90 mil or more opening weekend and I just don't see it mainly because its Star Trek.  I guess we'll find out shortly.

Hobbs 5/2/2009 4:57:01 PM

Just another note...if it does end up with 80-85 mil for opening weekend is that proof that pirate copies don't impact the movie that much?  I think the swine flu in Mexico hurt it more then the Pirate copies did. 

hanso 5/2/2009 5:06:00 PM

Why Starlight, why would you that?  You haven't seen the best of the Xmen films?  Get to it now!

Hobbs - I got nothing against Jackman, I like the dude even when he was making Kate & Leopold and Someone Like You.  I hope his career keeps on going great.  But the film deserves to drop so Fox can stop with their bullshit.  I hate Fox, I really do.  At first I didn't that much but now I do.  They wanna cancel Terminator,  I think they are messing with the creator of Nip Tuck's new show called Glee.  They somehow manage to make films that could be great into average films. 

I'm not a Wolverine fan but even I can see that was a missed opportunity by them to really deliver.  Instead it's more of the same, cram random mutants in to get people to show. 

Even the people that like the film manage to make some sort of excuse for it, like "it's a summer movie", "it's based  on a comic".  IMO it's an average film and no matter what storyline they are planning for a sequel it will be the same because Fox doesn't care, they know people will show up as long as it says X-Men or other superhero.

StarlightGuard 5/2/2009 5:50:23 PM

just haven't had the urge...or the curiosity....

I tend to have 3 reactions to movie trailers: "oh please," "interesting," and "oh hell yeah!"

Oh please, which is the worst of them has me rolling my eyes.

A few lucky victims of the oh please reaction are: Transformers, the new Terminator movie, most horror movies, and so on...but it's not limited to those -- Hanna Montana got it as well, as did Legally Blond.

chervil 5/2/2009 6:03:07 PM

Hanso, that is exactly why I am glad Marvel took their properties back and are making their own films with their own studio.

I enjoyed X1 (although I hated the leather suits, would have liked more traditional costumes) and X2 was definitely the best of the series.
X3 felt like someone trying to either A) fulfill contractual obligations or B) make money off  good thing without understanding what it is about.

I can't stand it when you read that a director/producer/actor doesn't know anything about a product they are trying to make.
You know from the get-go they are going to screw it up.

As so many have pointed out - Wolverine is a different tone and pace than either Batman, Iron Man or even the X-Men in general.
Wolverine was a decent flick for what it was.
Popcorn fare all the way.
After the abyssmal X3, it was refreshing to see the tack this one took.
Did it have flaws?
No doubt.
Was it entertaining?
You bet!
I think Jackman will listen to the fans and learn what they did wrong in this one, and fix it the next time around.

Unfortunately, Hanso, a poor performance at the box-office doesn't necessarily mean they won't make anymore.
It means direct-to-video, which is where all below-average sequels end up going.

5thCousinRemovedofHanso 5/2/2009 6:22:57 PM

Just got back and it was a Good movie for what it is and I hope it makes a killing not because I want to see another one really bad but because I like the idea of Hanso bending over and taking it in the old brown eye with a big old middle finger shoved in his face telling him, to fucking bad, we are making another one, or not but either way I hope another gets made just to piss off the haters...Hastaricaly laughing my sick fucking ass off...

Hobbs, piracy does not impact domestic box office as much as it does over sea's so you are correct to some extent...

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