Logan Finishes Jackman’s Wolverine and Kick-Starts March

Update: Looks Like Logan has more life on Sunday than Fox was guessing. Weekend Actuals have come in at $88.4M (was $85.3M) with the film easing off of Saturday only 23% and a stellar $21,717 per screen average. So Fox’s predicted $21.3 million Sunday take was actually $24.1 million. That puts the James Mangold picture in 4th place for the biggest R-Rated opening weekends of all time, now ahead of The Hangover: Part II at $86M in 2011, and just behind American Sniper at $89M.

Logan may be about old age  and winding things down but the film’s potent $85.3M million take over the weekend proves that there’s life in Wolverine still. James Mangold’s dark, bloody film, which includes favourite characters facing senility and deep personal regrets, was a calculated risk. In theory that “R” rating should have nixed a hefty percentage of its perceived audience, yet Logan has proved that the comic book genre can expand its scope, even shift its tone, and still pull in the crowds.

Logan‘s Friday kicked it off with $33 million yet it didn’t dip drastically on Saturday, raking in $31.3 million. If Logan does any better than the $21.3 million that Fox is estimating for Sunday that final tally may have to be revised up. Its opening has already squeaked ahead of the unloved X-Men Origins: Wolverine which made $85 million its opening weekend in 2009 in 4,099 theatres.

International coin was as impressive with a $152 million haul in 81 markets. Top markets were China ($46.3 million), the UK ($11.4 million), South Korea ($8.2 million), Brazil ($8.17 million), Russia ($7.1 million), France ($6 million), Australia ($5.9 million) and Mexico ($5.3 million). It was Fox’s third biggest international opening of all time only trailing X-Men: Days Of Future Past ($172 million) and Avatar ($164 million). Logan bumped out Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ($145 million).

Other new films this week included The Shack, which took in $16.1 million on 2,888 screens for the 3rd spot on the weekend chart. Open Road’s Before I Fall underwhelmed with $4.9 million in 2,346 theaters, and a psa of $2,109. That was still good enough for 5th place this weekend. A glimmer of hope can come from the fact that its Saturday take, at $1.9 million, was higher than its Friday take of $1.6 million, so perhaps positive word-of-mouth accounted for that lift, even with a ho-hum “B” from CinemaScore. The film’s IMDb rating is 6.6.

Get Out dropped an astonishingly low 22% in its second weekend, landing in the 2nd spot of the charts with an impressive $26.1 million, bringing its domestic haul to $75.9 million. The LEGO Batman Movie took the 4th spot with $11.6 million this weekend for a domestic total of $148 million. Best Picture winner Moonlight landed just outside the top 10 with $2.5 million in domestic receipts. That’s a 255% increase over last week for a total of $25.3 million overall.

 

Weekend Estimates

1 Logan – $85.3M

2 Get Out – $26.1M

3 The Shack – $16.1M

4 The LEGO Batman Movie – $11.6M

5 Before I Fall – $4.9M

6 John Wick: Chapter Two – $4.7M

7 Hidden Figures – $3.8M

8 The Great Wall – $3.5M

9 Fifty Shades Darker – $3.5M

10 La La Land – $3.0M

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