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The Wolverine posts strong global debut despite soft US showing

The Wolverine

Story by Jack Foley

STAND-alone X-Men film The Wolverine has enjoyed a strong global opening despite performing softer than expected in the US.

Internationally, including the UK, the “James Mangold”: tentpole, which takes the Logan character to Japan, hit $86.1 million.

In the US, it took an estimated $55 million (claiming top spot in the process), bringing its combined total to $141.1 million. The film cost an estimated $120 million to produce.

However, the US opening figure was $10 million below pre-weekend predictions, and well behind the $85.1 million opening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in early May 2009.

However, it is on a par with X-Men: First Class, which eventually went on to take $150 million at the US box office and kept the franchise in rude health.

Elsewhere at the US box office, low budget horror hit The Conjuring continued to perform really well. The film, starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real-life paranormal investigators, grossed $22.1 million in its second weekend to take second spot and push its North American total to $83.9 million, the top showing of the year for a horror title.

Despicable Me 2 continued to rule the family market, grossing $16 million in its fourth weekend to beat newer offering Turbo and cross the $300 million in the US. It is now the second best performer of the year, trailing only Iron Man 3.

Turbo held quite well, dropping only 37% in its second weekend to $13.2 million, for a US total of $55.8 million. It isn’t due to open in UK cinemas until October and is well worth putting in the diary.

Rounding out the US top five was Adam Sandler ensemble comedy Grown Ups 2, which took in $11.5 million to bring its total to $101.7, thereby becoming the 14th Sandler film to cross $100 million.

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