BOX OFFICE: THE WOLVERINE Slashes Its Way To #1 Despite Opening Lower Than Expected
X-Men Origins: Wolverine clearly left moviegoers wary of The 'Ol Canucklehead as James Mangold's The Wolverine currently looks set to finish the weekend with around $25 million less than its predecessor. However, it's far from a box office flop! Hit the jump for further details.
The Wolverine managed to get the coveted 'A-' CinemaScore from moviegoers, after earning $4 million from Thursday late shows and a further $21 million on Friday. While this does fall below studio estimates (the original $65+ million opening has now been reduced to a far more conservative $60 million, despite rival studios claiming that it could fall as low as $53 - 56 million), this still isn't a bad result. With a budget of under $120 million, the film is far from a disappointment for the studio when compared to the likes of After Earth, The Lone Ranger and Pacific Rim. It's also expected to do well overseas. "We didn’t expect this either," one Fox exec told Deadline. "But there have been times before when audience fatigue sets in. We’ll see how this weekend ultimately shakes out as Hugh is a very compelling office draw, and international is performing quite well. So we will have an excellent global story to tell tomorrow."
Josh Wilding Reviews: THE WOLVERINE; "An Edge Of Your Seat Adrenaline Ride"
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine
Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida
Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida
Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida
Rila Fukushima as Yukio
Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada
Brian Tee as Noburo Mori
Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper
RELEASE DATE: July 26th, 2013.
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