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

"" 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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