Hugh Jackman returned to the big screen in the role that made him famous, and the results were good, if a little underwhelming. Critically The Wolverine is doing much better than it’s predecessor X-Men Origins: Wolverine, financially it’s another story.
In 2009 Origins opened to $85 million on it’s way to a decent $179.8 million, but was universally panned as a crap flick. The Wolverine managed to do a lot better critically, but commercially it opened to only $55 million.
The good news? the flick apparently rocks and, per Cinemascore, audiences gave it an A- average. I think with good word of mouth Wolverine could still manage a decent box office showing. That’s not to say $55 mil is a bad opening, it’s just a bit under what everyone was expecting. It also happens to be on par with the opening weekends of X-Men and X-Men: First Class.
Internationally The Wolverine earned $86.1 million, bringing it’s worldwide cume to $141.1 million. So, the $120 million budget is covered.
The Conjuring earned another $22.1 million, dropping only 47.1% from last weekend. It’s domestic total is now $83.8 million. Expect it to sale pass $100 million, and, yes, a sequel is already in the works.
Despicable Me 2 saw a drop of 35.7% to finish the weekend with $16 million. This brings DM2‘s total domestic take to $306.4 mil. Internationally the sequel is doing even better with $354.5 million for a worldwide gross of $660.9 million.
The other CG animated film in theatres, Turbo, isn’t faring as well. In its sophomore weekend Turbo dropped 37.5% to $13.3 million and a total domestic of $55.7 million. Internationally Turbo has earned $41.9 million, bringing it’s worldwide tally to $97.6 million.
And in number five we have Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2, which fell 42.1% from last week to $11.2 million. It’s now at $101.6 million, making it Sandler’s fourteenth film to do so in the last fifteen years.
|2.||The Conjuring||$22.1 million|
|3.||Despicable Me 2||$16 million|
|5.||Grown Ups 2||$11.5 million|
|6.||Red 2||$9.4 million|
|7.||Pacific Rim||$7.5 million|
|8.||The Heat||$6.8 million|
|10.||Fruitvale Station||$4.6 million|
SOURCE: Box Office Mojo