Wolverine grabs massive opening weekend haul

source: boxofficemojo.com

The lone wolf wasn’t so lonely at cinemas this weekend.

Despite early concerns, movie pirates couldn’t take the steam out of Wolverine‘s opening weekend, as the film rocketed to the top of the U.S. box office with an estimated $87 million haul.

The release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine officially kicks off the American Summer’s blockbuster season. Last year, Iron Man opened during the same weekend to a giant $98.6 million.

Wolverine sits as the fourth highest Summer opener, just behind Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man and Iron Man.

The fourth installment of the X-Men franchise did not fare as well as the pervious release, X-Men: The Last Stand, which opened to $102.8 million. However, it fared slightly better than the $85.6 million opening of X-Men 2 (although that figure, adjusted for inflation, would be more than $100 million today).

Last month, 20th Century Fox studios went into panic mode when an incomplete workprint of Wolverine was leaked online. Despite reports that the workprint had been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times, it was unknown what effect this would have on the opening weekend grosses. The executives must be breathing a sigh of relief.

The real worry for Fox and star/producer Hugh Jackman will be the audience’s response to the highly anticipated origin film. X-Men Origins: Wolverine currently holds a disappointing 38% on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. Poor word of mouth, combined with heavy competition from Star Trek and Angels and Demons in the next two weeks could seriously affect the film’s final tally.

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