After 17 years of playing Wolverine, Jackman is bidding the character adieu in Logan.
While it's impossible to project with any certainty just what the specific numbers for Logan will be next weekend, it seems likely that the drop off in box office revenue for this particular Hugh Jackman outing as the character of Wolverine will be far less precipitous than in the two previous less well-received films.
The movie took in an estimated $85.3 million, according to Exhibitor Relations, setting the record for the biggest-ever R-rated opening weekend at the box office in March.
"Logan" cost $97 million to produce, and reunites Jackman with James Mangold, the director of 2013's "The Wolverine".
As the movie business grows more saturated with stories about costumed vigilantes, studios are trying to find ways to differentiate their own comic book adaptations.
The Movie Talk team of Dennis Tzeng, Jon Schnepp and Perri Nemiroff dive in to give their SPOILER FILLED review of Logan. "It's another entry in the tireless X-Men saga but doesn't play like a retread or an ad for the next installment; instead, it plays, looks and sounds like a movie - an old- school meets new-school pulp filled with intimations of mortality, and raw, ugly violence".
Hugh Jackman returned for his last ride as Wolverine in "Logan" on Friday, March 3 - making it Marvel's newest addition to the X-Men film series.
Despite "Logan's" dominance, Blumhouse and Universal's "Get Out" kept going strong. Wolverine didn't open until 10 p.m., whereas Logan got started at 7 p.m. Logan hadn't even been in release for an entire day, and Fox's weekend estimate of $60 million was looking like it was going to throw way under the actual. Did U see anything in theaters this weekend?!
Warner Bros.' "The Lego Batman Movie" and Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 2" rounded out the top five, earning $11.6 million and $4.7 million, respectively. Combined with its $85.3 million domestic launch, the brings the superhero spinoff's global gross to a sterling $237.8 million.