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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