Weekend box office: The Wolverine easily takes the top spot

weekend box office, Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE was a horrible film, so it’s easy to forget that it made over $85 million on its opening weekend.  The consensus is that although it’s flawed, THE WOLVERINE (click the link to read our review) is a much better film so it’s disappointing that it looks like it’s going to open close to $30 million less than its predecessor at the weekend box office.  THE WOLVERINE’s estimated take has been like a roller-coaster this weekend as analysts first thought it would hit $65 million, only to dial that back to closer to $55 million.  It’s not a flop by any means, but the sad and frustrating thing about this is that I don’t think there has ever been a better fit of actor to superhero than Hugh Jackman to Wolverine and it’s a shame he can’t get a good standalone movie.  I’m not sure if the character is just better with a large group of supporting characters or if Jackman has just had bad luck, but we need Wolverine to have a great movie before Hugh Jackman hangs up the claws for good.

Next week sees the release of the Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington starring 2 GUNS, which looks atrocious based on the previews.  But Denzel is usually a safe bet to deliver a fun movie and Wahlberg has been growing on me lately, so maybe it will surprise us.  We also get THE SMURFS 2 and speaking of bad previews, this one might have topped 2 GUNS in that category.  My guess is that either THE WOLVERINE repeats or one of the other holdovers sneaks back into the top spot.  But kids love Smurfs, so we shouldn’t completely rule that out.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Wolverine $55m

2. The Conjuring $22.1m

3. Despicable Me 2 $16m

4. Turbo $13.3m

5. Grown-Ups 2 $11.5m

6. Red 2 $9.4m

7. Pacific Rim $7.5m

8. The Heat $6.8m

9. R.I.P.D. $5.8m

10. Fruitvale Station $4.6m

(Deadline)

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