×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Wolverine’ thrashes box office

Fox's 'X-Men' prequel nabs $35 million Friday

Twentieth Century Fox’s prequel “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” kicked off the summer box office with a boffo opening day gross of $35 million from 4,099 theaters domestically, including roughly $5 million in midnight runs.

Among the “X-Men” installments opening in May, “Wolverine” ranks second behind 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” which grossed $45.1 million on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. (“Last Stand” had the advantage of opening over a holiday weekend).

“Wolverine” came in safely ahead of “X2: X-Men United,” which opened on the first Friday in May 2003 with $31.2 million and finished the weekend at $85.6 million. “Wolverine” also marks the widest release in the history of Twentieth Century Fox.

“Wolverine’s” notable bow marks the sixth time that a Marvel Studio superhero pic has opened in the top spot at the May box office; the first being “Spider-Man” which generated $39.4 million in 2002. At the same point last year, Marvel succeeded in launching a new franchise with “Iron Man” after the film exceeded expectations with a first day haul of $38.7 million.

Similar to Sony’s “Made of Honor” last year which made $5.6 million on its first Friday, Warner Bros./New Line’s “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” proved to be solid counter-programming to the fan boy demos of “Wolverine” as the romantic comedy banked $5.8 million from 3,175.

Placing third was last weekend’s No. 1 pic “Obsessed” from Sony-Screen Gems. The Beyonce Knowles-Ali Larter starrer drew $4.2 million off 2,514, repping a 63% decline, and an eight-day running cume of $39 million.

Warner Bros./New Line’s teen laffer “17 Again” took fourth with $2 million from 3,255, down 48%, and a total B.O. in its third Friday of $44.1 million.

Rounding out fifth was Paramount-DreamWorks’ drama “The Soloist” grossing $1.7 million from 2,033, down 48%, for an eight-day B.O. of $14.2 million.

Roadside Attractions’ animated feature “Battle for Terra,” the day’s third wide release, posted $225,000 off 1,159 for a per theater $220.

Of those niche releases tracking yesterday, Focus Features’ Jim Jarmusch film “The Limits of Control” touted a per site of $5,741 from three theaters or $17,000.

More Film

  • Picture Tree Intl. Inks First Deals

    Cannes: Picture Tree Intl. Inks First Deals on 'Traumfabrik' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Picture Tree Intl. has clinched first deals on romantic drama “Traumfabrik,” which is produced by Tom Zickler, the former producing partner of German star Till Schweiger. The film has been picked up by Leomus in China; Flins & Piniculas in Spain; LEV Films/Shani Film in Israel; Taiwan in Moviecloud; Media Squad in Czech Rep., Hungary [...]

  • Cannes Film Review: 'Alice and the

    Cannes Film Review: 'Alice and the Mayor'

    Sophomore director Nicolas Pariser follows his politically engaged debut, “The Great Game,” with an even deeper plunge into the disconnect between political theory and the workings of government in the unmistakably French “Alice and the Mayor.” Deeply influenced by Eric Rohmer in the way it aspires to use philosophical dialogue to reveal something about the [...]

  • 'Diego Maradona' Review: The Football Legend

    Cannes Film Review: 'Diego Maradona'

    You expect the director of a biographical documentary to have a passion for whoever he’s making a movie about. But the British filmmaker Asif Kapadia spins right past passion and into obsession. He doesn’t just chronicle a personality — he does an immersive meditation on it. Kapadia plunges into the raw stuff of journalism: news [...]

  • Atlantics

    Emerging Talent From Gallic Cinema

    Variety is teaming with Unifrance, an agency that promotes French cinema around the world, to focus attention on four emerging talents in the French movie industry as part of Unifrance’s “New Faces of French Cinema” program. Here Variety profiles the rising filmmakers: Justine Triet, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, Hafsia Herzi and Mati Diop. Mati Diop Born to [...]

  • John Hannah Reunites With ‘The Mummy’

    John Hannah Reunites With ‘The Mummy’ Actors for Horror Pic ‘Lair’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    John Hannah, Corey Johnson and Oded Fehr will star in “Lair,” billed as a socially conscious horror movie about an LGBT family embroiled in one man’s attempt to prove the existence of the supernatural. The trio all appeared in the successful franchise “The Mummy,” and their new picture goes into production later this year. Katarina [...]

  • Loving Vincent Animation Oscars

    Adult Audience Animation: Cannes Panel Talks Big-Screen Strategy

    CANNES–A panel of leading animation industry executives gathered during the Cannes Film Market on Sunday to shed light on their strategies for the theatrical release of adult-oriented animated features. It was a timely conversation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Five of the 28 animated projects in the Marché du Film are adult audience-focused, including [...]

  • Lea Drucker poses with the Best

    French Filmmaker Axelle Ropert Readies 'Petite Solange' With MK2 Films (EXCLUSIVE)

    French writer/director Axelle Ropert is set to direct “Petite Solange,” a film that will star Léa Drucker and Philippe Katerine, who won the best acting nods at this year’s Cesar Awards for their performances in “Custody” and “Sink or Swim,” respectively. MK2 films will handle international sales. Haut et Court has acquired rights for French [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content