Logan opened with the 4th best start for an R-rated movie and a new record for March, not to mention Wolverine’s biggest solo debut.
Logan‘s opening weekend counted $88.4 million, the 4th biggest yet in the X-Men franchise, behind only Deadpool ($132.4 million), X-Men: The Last Stand ($102.8 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($90.8 million). More importantly Logan bested X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.1 million) to give the hero his most successful start, fitting considering this is also Wolverine’s final film, at least played by Hugh Jackman. I mean you know Fox will find a way to reboot the character a decade from now (obviously with a new actor), they’re not going to just sit on Wolverine forever.
Back to Logan, including Monday it’s up to $95.6 million and sometime today it became the 4th 2017 release to earn over $100 million in the US. Where it goes from there remains to be seen, but if Logan can play similarly to Deadpool (2.7 multiplier) then $240 million is possible, which would be enough to make it the 2nd highest grossing X-Men film in the US. Now the more likely outcome is something like $200-230 million, but just imagine how silly Fox would look having their two top X-Men films both rated R, after so many years of running from that rating. Hopefully this will be a lesson for every studio, not just them.
Horror Get Out, also rated R, had an incredible 2nd weekend, down only 15.4% with $28.2 million in 2nd. Despite opening $6.6 million lower than Split, Get Out is now already ahead with $81.2 million after 11 days compared to $79 million for the M. Night Shyamalan flick. What’s really crazy is Get Out went up against Logan‘s opening weekend and still only lost 15.4% from its debut. At this rate Get Out will crack $100 million this week and probably $150 million domestically by the end of its box office run.
The Shack opened with $16.2 million in 3rd, the best start for a faith-based film since Heaven is for Real ($22.5 million) in April 2014. Impressive and probably enough to lead The Shack to $45-50 million in the US.
The LEGO Batman Movie made another $11.7 million in 4th, down 39.1% from last week. The animation is now up to $149.3 million in the US, with $170 million still possible.
John Wick: Chapter 2 rounds out the top 5 with 4.8%, off by 48.7%. 25 days into its run Chapter 2 is very close to doubling the first film’s $43 million total, now counting $83.4 million. That will happen at some point this weekend. After that John Wick: Chapter 2 will likely stop somewhere around $90-92 million domestically.
Young adult drama Before I Fall was the other wide release of the weekend and this one only took $4.7 million in 6th. Young adult Groundhog Day wasn’t enough to get more people to see it, specifically this film’s target demographic.
And lastly Best Picture winner Moonlight had its best weekend yet with $2.3 million, but even that wasn’t enough for a top 10 spot, landing in 13th. So far Moonlight made $25.4 million in the US and $30 million is probably the absolute best it could hope for.