Sunday, March 5, 2017

'Logan' Scores $33M Friday for Huge $80M Bow

Weekend Box Office: Fox is proving once again that R-rated superhero films can do huge business; Octavia Spencer's faith-based 'The Shack' also opens nationwide alongside YA adaptation 'Before I Fall,' while Oscar best picture winner 'Moonlight' heads back into theaters.

Image result for logan reviewHugh Jackman's Logan grossed a muscular $33 million at the Friday box office, putting the final Wolverine movie on course to earn $80 million from 4,071 theaters for the weekend, one of the top starts of all time for an R-rated release and one of the top March openings ever.
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Logan, following upon the success of last year's daring Deadpool, is another victory for 20th Century Fox in proving that R-rated superhero films can have sharp claws. To boot, it is getting the widest release ever for an R-rated title.The movie, directed by James Mangold, earned stellar reviews after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival last month and sports a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — the best of Jackman's career. Audiences are also glowing, bestowing Logan with an A- CinemaScore.
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Logan is opening simultaneously in numerous foreign markets this weekend, including China, and could post an international bow in the $75 million-$100 million range.
This time out, the story follows the adventure that ensues when Logan, who is caring for an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), encounters a mysterious young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) in need of their help. Jackman has said it will be the final installment in theWolverine series.
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Logan is good enough that you might forget it’s a comic-book movie. NYTimes

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