Box Office: ‘Wolverine’ Soft Stateside With $55 Mil, But Boffo O’seas With $86 Mil

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Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' scores this year's highest per-theater average

Fox’s “The Wolverine” proved a little less muscular than expected this weekend, grossing an estimated $55 million domestically through Sunday — though overseas, the “X-Men” installment carved out $86.1 million from 62 markets, making it the franchise’s largest day-and-date opening internationally.

The pic’s domestic start still is an OK figure overall, even if it is roughly $10 million less than the most modest pre-weekend projections. The eventual Stateside gross — which includes just 30% from 3D — lands the Hugh Jackman starrer in line with the opening of Fox’s “X-Men: First Class,” which ultimately made nearly $150 million domestically in 2011.

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“The Wolverine,” which cost just under $120 million to produce, benefits from being one of the last big summer tentpoles and should take advantage of the remaining weeks of school vacation. The film received mostly positive reviews centered around the pic’s Japanese setting and storyline.

“The table is there to be run,” said Fox domestic distribution prexy Chris Aronson. “I think the Wolverine is a globally popular name and will be even more so after this movie.”

Total domestic box office rang up approximately $165 million this weekend, which is almost 30% ahead of the same three-day frame last year.

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The specialty B.O. helped boost totals, with the Weinstein Co.’s “Fruitvale Station” grossing a standout $4.7 million from 1,064 engagements, up from 34 last weekend. The film now has cumed $6.3 million domestically.

Meanwhile, CBS Films’ R-rated comedy “The To-Do List” earned an estimated $1.5 million from an aggressive 591 locations, averaging $2,597 per screen. Pic received strong exit poll ratings, with an ‘A’ appraisal from Nielsen.

And once again, Woody Allen proved he can be a powerhouse at the specialty box office.

The prolific helmer scored a personal-best opening per-theater average, with his Cate Blanchett dramedy, “Blue Jasmine,” averaging $102,128 from just six locations. The Sony Pictures Classics-distributed film — which totaled $612,767 in three days — has this year’s highest opening per, beating “Spring Breaker’s” $87,667 average.

Among the weekend’s wide holdovers, Warner Bros.-New Line’s scarer, “The Conjuring,” held remarkably well for a horror film, dropping only 47% in its second frame, for an estimated $22.1 million. Pic should cross the $100 million mark sometime within the week.

Also, Universal’s soph-sesh player “R.I.P.D.” fell 54% — a decent hold given the bad buzz surrounding it — grossing just $5.9 million in three days, with $24 million domestically.

O’seas weekend highlights

While “The Wolverine” virtually ranked No. 1 in every territory where it bowed, Chinese auds embraced Universal’s early summer release, “Fast and Furious 6,” which bowed on the mainland with an impressive $24 million from Friday to Sunday. The debut is the largest for Universal in China and brings the pic’s overseas total to a whopping $503.5 million.

Sony’s “White House Down” bowed July 22 in China, totaling $18.5 million through Sunday. Pic’s cumed $45.6 million internationally.

Outside China, the top-grossing market for a single film was Russia, where “The Wolverine,” which co-stars Russian native Svetlana Khodchenkova, grossed $10.5 million — the fourth-largest local debut for Fox, behind “Avatar” and two “Ice Age” pics.

Other notable markets for “The Wolverine” were France and the U.K., which contributed $7.4 million and $7.1 million, respectively, followed by Brazil, with $6.5 million, Mexico ($6.3 million) and Australia ($5.6 million).

“The Wolverine” expands into 25 markets throughout August, with the pic’s keystone territory — Japan — slatted to bow Sept. 13.

Domestic

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Locations; Per-theater average; Cume*; Percentage change

  1. The Wolverine (1): $55.0; 3,924; $14,016; $55.0; —
  2. The Conjuring (2): $22.1; 3,022; $7,323; $83.9; -47%
  3. Despicable Me 2 (4): $16.0; 3,476; $4,610; $306.4; -36%
  4. Turbo (2): $13.3; 3,809; $3,498; $55.8; -38%
  5. Grown Ups 2 (3): $11.5; 3,258; $3,530; $101.7; -42%
  6. Red 2 (2): $9.4; 3,016; $3,117; $35.1; -48%
  7. Pacific Rim (3): $7.5; 2,602; $2,898; $84.0; -53%
  8. The Heat (5): $6.9; 2,384; $2,873; $141.2; -26%
  9. R.I.P.D. (2): $5.9; 2,850; $2,055; $24.4; -54%
  10. Fruitvale Station (3): $4.7; 1,064; $4,377; $6.3; +530%

Overseas

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Territories; Screens; Int’l cume*; Global cume*; Percentage change

  1. The Wolverine (1): $86.1; 62; 15,167; $86.1; $141.1; —
  2. Fast and Furious 6 (11): $25.3; 32; 3,600; $503.5; $741.1; +999%
  3. Despicable Me 2 (6): $24.5; 50; 7,000; $354.5; $660.9; -31%
  4. White House Down (5): $19.8; 42; 7,830; $45.6; $116.3; +466%
  5. Monsters University (6): $15.6; 46; n/a; $321.6; $576.9; -25%

*in millions of $

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  1. PacRimWillHaveSequel says:

    @kingslayer

    Variety apparently can’t put 2 and 2 together. They don’t realize that American audiences are going to no longer dictate the profitability of a movie worldwide. PacRim has already made back its budget and it hasn’t opened in key international markets like China and Japan yet Variety deemed it DOA at the box office. At this point PacRim will also easily break $100 million here in North America before it leaves theatres – it could break that mark next weekend as it is already near 87 million. That would put it only behind “Grown Ups 2” by one weekend. And that movie isn’t considered a flop… and it is doing peanuts overseas.

    Wolverine did significantly better overseas than domestically and everyone at Variety is depressed since it didn’t go as high as they predicted.

  2. The Kingslayer says:

    International BO > American BO

  3. Dan says:

    The bloom is off of the rose of all of these superhero movies. And rightfully so.

    Last summer was the high-water mark for the genre, but overall the audience is fatigued by the onslaught of too many overhyped movies that aren’t good enough.

    Is there any doubt that the drop in box office for Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, and Spider-Man by the substandard movies that preceded them? Origins, X-Men Last Stand and Spider-Man 3 were all garbage. Iron Man 3 was still basking in the afterglow of Marvel’s The Avengers and was granted a pass.

    Other than Iron Man and Avengers expect future Marvel movies to struggle to eclipse $150 million domestic.

    That doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that the studios are leaving money on the table. If the movies were competently done and skillfully spaced out and marketed they should all be grossing probably double what they actually are.

    The race to put out as much mediocre product as possible is painfully reminiscent of the 90s when Marvel Comics (remember them?) routinely churned out piles of garbage at a high clip, causing the entire comic industry to collapse when readers finally wised up.

    Not saying the entire movie industry will collapse but anybody who thinks comic book movies will continue to mint money either have not studied the past or are completely ignorant of it.

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