If you went to the movies this weekend, there was probably one thing you saw above all others, and it was the last stand of a man called Logan. As it turned out, the R-rating for this superhero film did nothing to quell the enthusiasm fans had at seeing the final adventure of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, the feral X-Man with the quick healing and metal claws. Already a hit with critics with an astounding 93 per cent “fresh” ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, Logan is now a certified hit with fans and audiences with a recording breaking opening weekend haul of $85.3 million.
Early estimates for Logan’s opening weekend take at the box office will be confirmed later today, but if the number stands then Logan now holds the record for the biggest March opening for a R-rated movie. It has surpassed the 11-year-old record of Zack Snyder’s 300 by over $15 million, even though another Snyder movie, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, still holds the record for best March opening overall.
Breaking down Logan’s haul, about $33 million came from Friday alone with another $9.5 million from Thursday night previews, which means that about half of Logan’s take was made in the first 36-hours of the weekend. It suggests that fans were caught up in the hype of the film, and that they made a beeline to the multiplex to avoid getting spoiled. But the hype wasn’t just in North America. Logan made another $152.5 million internationally this past weekend, including $46.3 million in China alone, with almost $5 million of that being made just from IMAX screens. In North America, $10.1 million of Logan’s weekend box office came from IMAX.
As for where Logan stands among other X-Men movies, well, it couldn’t catch Deadpool, which opened with $132.4 million last February, but Logan did squeak past X-Men Origins: Wolverine to be the highest grossing debut for a solo Wolverine movie. Overall, Logan takes fifth in X-Men movie opening weekend grosses behind Deadpool, X-Men: The Last Stand ($102.7 million), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($90.8 million), and X2: X-Men United ($85.5 million). But anyway you slice it, Logan looks good to be one of the most successful X-Men films in the franchise.
Source: Superhero Hype