No surprises here with the 6th entry in the X-Men franchise scoring an easy win. Unfortunately The Wolverine opened with a series low $53.1 million, not a bad result by any stretch of the imagination but seeing as this is the first 3D X-Men, a bit more was expected.
Ok, so maybe 3D is not what it used to be a few years back, hardly enough to boost a film anymore, but one must not forget just 4 years ago X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuted to $85 million. Sure, Origins is an entry best forgotten, no doubt taking a toll (even to this day) on the subsequent releases, First Class and now The Wolverine. Speaking of X-Men: First Class (2011), that opened with $55.1 million, barely above the $54.4 million of X-Men (2000), the very first film. The final test for the future financial viability of the X-Men franchise (as handled by Fox) is without a doubt next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now while The Wolverine cost $120 million and is already at $140 million worldwide (so Fox will be pulling a profit from it), reports say Days of Future Past has a budget of around $250 million, raising the stakes to new heights. Keep in mind no X-Men film has never made half a billion worldwide, which is what that new film will need in order to be profitable. For now all is good in X-land, but the future is not so certain. But this is a long discussion and The Wolverine was not the only film to bring in money over the weekend. I promise I will return to this topic but for now let’s have a look at the rest of the top 5.
Coming in 2nd was The Conjuring, last week’s surprise hit, now at $22.2 million, off 46.9%. Notice here a horror flick falling less than 50% in its 2nd weekend, not something we see every day. So with $83.9 million after 10 days, The Conjuring is looking at over $130 million by the time it leaves theaters in North America. That result would put the flick in the top 5 highest grossing supernatural horrors of all time.
Despicable Me 2 is 3rd with $16.4 million for a new total of $306.8 million. Currently the 2nd biggest earner of the year (behind Iron Man 3), Despicable Me 2 is also only the 6th animation to ever pass the $300 million mark. Looking at past trends and daily drops for the film, $340-350 million seems to be where this is headed.
Turbo dropped to 4th with $13.7 million and $56.1 million so far while Grown Ups 2 rounds out the top 5 thanks to $11.6 million. Adam Sandler’s latest sits at $101.7 million sadly.
What do you think, can X-Men: Days of Future Past pull an Avengers (not quite on that scale, obviously) on us or will it fall short?