It was a huge weekend for the major new release to hit theatres, bringing to a close one actor’s career-making role. Here’s what went down:
Early Sunday morning estimates are putting Logan at number one with an incredible $85.2 million debut weekend. That puts it in the top five best openings for an R-rated film. It will also puts it $00.2 million ahead of X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s $85 million debut back in 2009. Clearly, audiences were excited to see Hugh Jackman unleash his claws one last time, in his ninth and final outing as Wolverine. Also of note is the film’s standing with critics; the film has a 93% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it clear that this is a movie that has exceeded expectations all around.
I had the chance to see Logan on Friday afternoon with Untold Horror’s Dave Alexander, and we both enjoyed this western-style take on the character who, in theory, has always been a loner. With director James Mangold focusing on story and character rather than explosions and end of the world scenarios, the movie transcends the typical comic book movie tropes and expectations. Logan is a movie that rewards observations – not everything is obvious and spelled out. There are subtleties you may miss if you’re not careful. Jackman and Patrick Stewart are phenomenal in their roles, and Logan is a memorable way for both men to leave their characters behind.
As for the rest of the top five, Get Out dropped just 26% from last weekend to land in second place with $26.5 million. Once again, that’s an outstanding number, and shows that this unique thriller is going to have some serious legs over the next few weeks.
The faith-based The Shack debut in third place with $15.3 million, while The LEGO Batman Movie grabbed fourth place with $11.1 million. John Wick: Chapter Two closed things out in fifth place with $4.8 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Logan – $75 million
2) Get Out – $19.5 million
3) The Shack – $17 million
4) The LEGO Batman Movie – $12 million
5) John Wick: Chapter Two – $10 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to have turned out:
1) Logan – $85.2 million
2) Get Out – $26.5 million
3) The Shack – $15.3 million
4) The LEGO Batman Movie – $11.1 million
5) John Wick: Chapter Two – $4.8 million
Next weekend sees the release of Kong: Skull Island. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!