Box Office: ‘Logan’ Slicing and Dicing Toward Year’s Biggest Debut

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Logan” will slash its way to the biggest opening weekend of 2017, sending star Hugh Jackman off in style as he prepares to hang up his claws. The R-rated comic book adaptation is expected to cut into more than $70 million when it debuts across 4,071 locations. Fox, the studio behind the superhero adventure, is being more conservative and predicting an opening in the mid-$60 million range.

Logan” follows a battle-weary Wolverine as he hides out with an aged Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart). The adamantium warrior is brought out of seclusion when he gets enlisted to protect a young mutant. “Logan” cost $97 million to produce, on the lower end of most superhero movies.

No slicing and dicing is spared. Like “Deadpool” before it, “Logan” is banking on there being enough adult fanboys and fangirls out there to draw big crowds. Barring that, the filmmakers are hoping there are a lot of permissive parents. Comic book movies usually carry a PG-13 rating, so they can bring in teenagers and preadolescents. Early attempts to ratchet up the splatter, such as “The Punisher,” “The Watchmen,” and “Kick-Ass,” met with only marginal success. However, “Deadpool,” the four-letter festooned tale of a costumed vigilante, managed to make nearly $800 million globally, despite its high body count and creative use of profanity.

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“Logan” is already a hot seller heading into the weekend. Fandango reports that “Logan” is outpacing all X-Men ensemble movies and all previous Wolverine spinoffs. The film boasts sterling reviews, plus Jackman has very publicly stated that this marks his last turn as the grizzled antihero after a 17-year run.

It won’t be all Wolverine at the multiplexes. Blumhouse and Universal’s “Get Outtopped box office charts last weekend with more than $33 million, and has continued to do solid business this week. The thriller about a black man who discovers all is not right with his girlfriend’s white suburban hometown has earned critical raves — were it not for Armond White, it would carry an 100% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Get Out” should make another $20 million in its sophomore weekend, and will likely finish its run with $100 million domestically. Not bad for a film that cost less than $5 million to make.

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Lionsgate will release “The Shack,” a faith-based film about a man whose beliefs are thrown into question after a family tragedy. It’s looking at an opening of between $10 million to $12 million, in line with films that catered to similar audiences, such as “God’s Not Dead” and “When the Game Stands Tall.” Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington star in the picture, which is leaning heavily on word-of-mouth screenings for influencers, pastors, and bishops, as well as promotions on Christian Broadcasting Network and Trinity Broadcasting Network. It will debut across roughly 2,800 locations and cost roughly $20 million to produce.

Open Road and Awesomeness Films’ “Before I Fall” is eyeing a $5 million bow. The movie sounds like a tween version of “Groundhog Day” — it follows a high-schooler (Zoey Deutch) who discovers she may be living her last day alive in a perpetual loop until she gets it right. It cost $5 million to make.

Fresh off of its surprise best picture win, “Moonlight” will expand to roughly 1,500 theaters. The coming-of-age drama is already available on home entertainment platforms. It has made nearly $23 million domestically, a handsome return on its $1.5 million budget.

Even if “Logan” scores the top debut of the still-young year, it won’t hold onto the honor for long. Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” hits theaters on March 17, when it is projected to open to as much as $120 million.

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  1. loco73 says:

    Meant “The Wolverine” is a better movie…

  2. Hey! I read they have to make sure the “fanboys” and “fangirls” are going to see Logan. There are a LOT of older people who like scifi and fantasy movies, such as myself! It ain’t only teenagers going to see this. We like action along with a decent story as well as anybody else.

  3. The film will do better than $70 million. Fox did the same estimations with “Deadpool”, they estimated around $80 million opening weekend. They underestimate just how much an R-rated superhero film will sell, especially given how, like “Deadpool”, “Logan” is essentially a film fans have wanted forever. An R-rated Wolverine film that doesn’t hold back. I predict bare minimum $100 million in the opening weekend. The early positive word-of-mouth and the strong reviews will push this over the limit. Fox needs to stop listening to Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg, stop signing off on all these spin-offs and sequels. Be like Mangold who spent a year working on this script and making sure it was right. Think like Hugh Jackman. Make every film like it might be the character’s last. :)

  4. I found Logan to be unimaginative, uneventful and ultimately boring.

    Would be helped If it was cut down to say 90-100min.

    • Maybe this kind of movie is not for you. Try “Moonlight”.

      • Ahsoka says:

        @Starzzguitar, Are you saying that Moonlight is not a good movie? GFY!

        How about that overrated over saturated La La Land?! Moonlight was the best film of 2016. Maybe it was too intelligent for someone like you!

      • Perhaps. I do like movies which make a little sense plotwise. Also I know what “post apocalyptic” means . Something most people who have reviewed this film obviously do not. Instead of Moonlight maybe i’ll watch Midnight Special again. Which is what Mangold did when he was writing the script for Logan.

  5. Ahsoka says:

    I have no doubt in my mind that this movie will make a killing at the box office. As soon as the teaser trailer was released, Marvel Fanboys were creaming themselves.

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