AceShowbiz - "Logan" slashed any competitors to top this week's box office. The third installment of the "Wolverine" trilogy that marks %cHugh Jackman%'s final appearance as the clawed mutant easily wins at the chart with a massive $88.4 million opening in North America.
The huge intake is the biggest opening of the year so far and the fifth best opening for R-rated movie ever. It edges out "Fifty Shades of Grey" which previously held the position, sitting behind "Deadpool", "The Matrix Reloaded", "American Sniper" and "The Hangover Part II". "Logan" also scores the best opening for Wolverine solo films.
The superhero action movie which is based on Marvel Comics' character also posted a big opening overseas, with a global haul of $247.4 million. The movie was reportedly made with $97 million budget, a considerably low cost for a superhero movie from big studio.
"Logan" R-rated content initially got 20th Century Fox worried, but the movie got favorable reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving the movie an approval rating of 93|percent| based on 230 reviews. The movie attracted mostly male moviegoers, which made up 63|percent| of ticket buyers.
"The movie is one of the truest movies to the source material in the comic book universe that's ever been done," says Chris Aronson, Fox's domestic distribution chief. "It's so real, it's so emotional, and it's so visceral." He also says, "Jim [Mangold] and Hugh perfectly executed the movie they wanted to make. It is a very personal and visceral story for the character, which contemplates mortality."
"Logan" pushes last week's champion "Get Out" to No. 2 with additional $28.2 million (dropping 21.8|percent|), bringing its domestic gross to $78 million so far. The horror film from %cJordan Peele% has been showing impressive performance for a flick that cost less than $5 million to make.
At No. 3 is another newcomer, "The Shack", which opens to $16.2 million. "The Lego Batman Movie" drops two spots to No. 4 with $11.7 million in its fourth weekend. Another new entry, *"Before I Fall", rounds out the top five with $4.7 million.
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