‘Logan’ Slices Way To $85M Opening

By March 5, 2017
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Logan has one of the best box office openings ever for a film in the Wolverine franchise. That’s impressive, until you consider one small fact: Logan is the first R-rated film among those Hugh Jackman films, which limits the audience, and usually the box office.

But fans were not going to miss seeing the end of Wolverine (at least played by Jackman), as the film earned $85.3 million at the box office, according to early weekend estimates from The Numbers, easily knocking the Jordan Peele film Get Out out of first place.

In fact, with a single weekend box office take, Logan surpassed what Get Out did in two weeks, and it could seriously eye a $200 million final domestic take.

It wasn’t all good news for Logan, however. It fell well short of the $132.4 million Deadpool did a little more than a year ago, marking one of the biggest R-rated film openings of all time. In fact, while Deadpool was not in the film, he did release a teaser trailer that appeared ahead of the film in many theaters, gearing up for his next outing, presumably next year.

Get Out may have never had a chance against an X-Men movie, but it held solid for its second week, losing just 22 percent of its opening audience in a market where a film typically loses half of its opening audience going into the second week. The Peele film earned $26.1 million, bringing its 10-day total to $76 million.

The Shack, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, premiered in third with $16.1 million, while The Lego Batman Movie slipped to fourth with $11.6 million. It has now earned $148.6 million domestically, and another $92.9 million internationally, to remain the year’s top-grossing film.

The top five films for the weekend earned $144.1 million, up 14 percent over the same weekend last year when Zootopia debuted at the top with $75.1 million, followed by London Has Fallen with $21.6 million.

Still, the 2017 box office trails the same point last year by a little less than 11 percent – $107.8 million to $96.4 million.

The Logan win has moved Twentieth Century Fox into the second highest-grossing studio, according to The Numbers, averaging $41.2 million per release this year. Everyone still trails Universal Pictures, which is grossing $74.7 million per film. In fact, Universal already has grossed $523.1 million, nearly doubling what Fox has done to this point.

Warner Bros. looks to really get into the game next weekend when Kong: Skull Island debuts. Of the 41 critics surveyed so far by Rotten Tomatoes, 83 percent like the movie. That compares to the 93 percent who liked Logan this week, and the 99 percent who fell in love with Get Out the weekend before.

The only other wide release this past week was Open Road Films’ Before I Fall from the Lauren Oliver novel, which made just under $5 million – but good for fifth place.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.