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'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' Rips Off North American Box Office

May 4, 2009 (2:25 am) GMT
Despite early online leak in April, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' still kicks off the summer season with a big bang, becoming the number 1 bankable movie at the North American box office this weekend.

"" has livened up to its expectation at the North American box office over the weekend. Projected to nab more than $70 million upon its release on Friday, May 1, the Gavin Hood-directed film has torn its way to the top spot at the ticket sales chart with $85.1 million after three days of screening at 4,099 sites.

Kicking off the summer season, the action fantasy movie starring opened lower than "" which collected as much as $102.8 million when it was debuted in 2006. If ticket price inflation is taken into consideration, it also scored lower than 2003's "X2: X-Men United". However, it did pull in a higher number than the original "X-Men".

While scoring a relatively big bow over the weekend, "Wolverine" landed on the 15th slot among the top opening movies in summer, following "", "" and "". Among the summer kick-offs, this "X-Men" spin-off ranked behind "", "" and "".

"Wolverine" aside, "" came in second at the box office. The -starring comedy debuted with $15.4 million. The estimated bow marked the least-attended start of all McConaughey romantic comedies, which included "", "", "" and "The Wedding Planner".

Drama thriller "" has dropped to the third slot. With a 57.9% decline in sales, the Screen Gems film toplined by , and hauled in another $12.1 million to the total of $46.8 million. "", in the meantime, slipped to the fourth place this weekend, garnering $6.4 million. The last place of the top five belonged to "", which earned $5.8 million in its sixth week in theaters.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for May 1 - 3:

  1. "" - $85.1 million
  2. "" - $15.4 million
  3. "" - $12.1 million
  4. "" - $6.4 million
  5. "" - $5.8 million
  6. "" - $5.7 million
  7. "" - $4.3 million
  8. "" - $4.2 million
  9. "" - $4 million
  10. "" - $3.7 million

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