The end of July saw the release of just one big new studio movie while a number of Sundance indie favorites expanded nationwide looking to get some late summer love.
Although it was the only new wide release, Hugh Jackman’s return as The Wolverine didn’t have quite the same impact as its predecessor, bringing in just $21 million on Friday, including $4 million in Thursday previews, and ending the weekend with an estimated $55 million in 3,924 theaters. Averaging $14,000 per site, that debut is $30 million lower than where X-Men Origins: The Wolverine opened roughly three years ago.
While the $55 million is about $10 million less than was expected domestically, The Wolverine did open to $86.1 million internationally, the biggest debut ever for an “X-Men” film. This means the film, which was made for $120 million, has already earned $141.1 million worldwide. The Wolverine received a strong A- CinemaScore from audiences.
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