Weekend Wrap Up: “The Wolverine” Loses His Teeth

Despite being a disaster in the eyes of critics and most audiences, X-Men Origins: Wolverine still managed to make a pretty decent amount of money. But, combined with X-Men: The Last Stand, it left such a bad taste in the mouths of movie-goers that the next entry, X-Men: First Class, despite being much better reviewed, did much softer numbers. And with The Wolverine, we see that those softer numbers have continued. Maybe Origins was just that bad. Or maybe people are finally getting sick of good old Logan.

The Wolverine


Hugh Jackman’s fifth turn (technically sixth if you count a cameo) debuted to $55 million. That’s on par with the opening of First Class and a solid $30 million below Origins. I’m disappointed with this result. The reviews were solid, the concept looked interested, and First Class brought back a lot of good will for this franchise. However, The Wolverine does seem pretty well-received, so decent legs could be in store. Even still, a best case scenario has this finishing around $170 million. Again, not bad per se, but still disappointing.

Well, this is something we don’t see very often. A horror movie, and one that opened huge, managed to drop under 50%. That’s kind of unprecedented actually. Just look at The Devil Inside and The Purge, both of which fell around 75%. The Conjuring continued to defy expectations, pulling $22.1 million, down just 47%. It now has $83.9 million in the bank and $100 million is officially a foregone conclusion. A total around $120 million is definitely possible.

Third place goes to Despicable Me 2, which fell 36% to $16 million. It crossed the triple century mark this weekend, with a running total of $306 million. A total around $340 million seems likely. Another animated film, Turbo, managed to hold well, dropping 38% to $13.3 million. After its weak debut, it needed decent legs and may end up getting them. Even still, $55.8 million so far against a budget of $135 million isn’t going to cut it.

Grown Ups 2 dropped 42% to $11.5 million, for a total of $101.6 million. Following in sixth, Red 2 fell 48% to $9.4 million. With a total of $35 million, this clearly won’t approach the $90 million of its surprise hit predecessor. Pacific Rim continued to fall apart, sliding 53% to $7.5 million. Just $84 million stateside, but unsurprisingly, it’s going extremely well overseas.

In case there was any doubt last weekend, R.I.P.D. is now a full-fledged flop. It dropped 54% to $5.9 million. Just $24.3 million in total. In tenth, we have the expansion of Fruitvale Station….and I don’t even really know what this movie is. But, hey, it has a stellar 93% at Rotten Tomatoes, so it must be pretty good. Anyway, $4.7 million this weekend and a total of $6.3 million is solid. And with, we say farewell to July, and welcome in easily the weakest of the summer months, August. Next weekend starts the month off with 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2. Until we meet again.

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