BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: 'The Wolverine' Wins with $55 Million

'The Conjuring' drops to second place with $22.1 million, with 'Despicable Me 2' taking third place with $16 million.

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Sources: Box Office Mojo

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  1. JonSpidey07

    great turnout
    enjoyed 'The Wolverine' so much! :)
    I'm saddened though that 'The To Do List' fell to 15th place, it was a very good movie
    'The Way Way Back' was a really good watch too, amazing acting

    1 year agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  2. Hideki Ryuga

    " are those the only man you bought?"
    dumbass

    1 year agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  3. undeadslayer4

    well thats a start

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  4. CelluloidDreams

    I finally saw the "The Way, Way Back"...damn good!! I would rate it: A-!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  5. moviemouse

    loved the first half of wolverine the final act ruined it for me though

    1 year agoby @moviemouseFlag

  6. Superman81

    @john-m I was not trying to bash the film, just noted that it didnt meet most people's expectations BO wise. It was a very good movie. I hope DoFP has a great showing but it seems audiences are bored with X-Men style movies. I think Jackman is the best thing about the series but maybe people are bored with the whole thing. I dont know I just figured it came out at a good time and I felt it should have made 60-65m at least. Maybe Origins hurt it as well

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  7. John M

    @thedude1: No one expected The Wolverine to be a huge film like Man of Steel, Iron Man or even the X-Men films. From articles I have seen FOX didn't even have huge expectations. I believe they would have been happy with a box office around 50 million, which they got.

    Personally I never expected The Wolverine to get 70 million. I hoped it did since I liked the film, but I understand the reasons why believe it didn't. The Wolverine isn't like other recent comic films in tone, effects or story line. The film didn't have a main stream storyline to attract regular more regular viewers not familiar with the comics or the character. It certainly didn't have the star power to attract audiences or huge special effects like The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel have. The Wolverine just wasn't like the previous X-Men and comic films. Next is the bad memories of the previous Wolverine film, which I'm sure had a small effect on the films box office. Finally there is the fact that The Wolverine came out in the late summer film season. When you get into late July and August the summer films openings just aren't as large as they are in May or June, that's why all the truly huge summer films come out in May and June. You combine all that, and anyone could see that The Wolverine wouldn't get a large opening. People just expect films summer films to open with over 100 million dollars and get close to 300 million domestically and over 600 million globally. People just have their expectations why to high, so that if a film like The Wolverine doesn't get around that much they consider that a disappointment. I have no doubt FOX will be happy with a 120-150 domestic and a 370 to 400 million total box office gross.

    As for next week I believe the get around 30 million next week, because the word of mouth for The Wolverine is good, and the only big releases are The Smurfs 2 and Two Guns. The Wolverine will have no problem getting to 130 million domestically, but I agree it will be very hard for it to get to 150 million. It will sadly most likely come in second behind the obviously horrible Smurfs 2.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  8. TheDude1

    @felipe-11 Valid point there. Everyone tends to think a movie should be making 700 million plus and that just is not being realistic. The film will probably get very close to tripling its budget which is great. Sadly for the studio it will make more of its money overseas where they get less of the money.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  9. TheDude1

    @john-m I completely agree in the end it will be considered a success. No doubt about it. But with this weekend it will come in lower than once thought this film could have. 150 million domestically seems out of reach. We will know more once we see what it does in its second weekend but I'd say it tops off at 120 maybe 130 if it is lucky.

    And they loaded up on foreign actors for this film and it is paying off big time overseas. So 400 million may happen but I'd say 350 million is much more realistic. Which would be the lowest since the first X-Men film.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  10. Replicant

    @thedude1@superman81 I think @john-m is right.

    I think everyone has gotten so used to movies breaking insane records this past decade that they think anything that doesn't gross at least 500 million is a flop. Wolverine did good; it got positive reviews and is on track to making it's budget back with a little profit for Fox. That's all a movie can (and should) ask for.

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  11. John M

    @thedude1@superman81: First you will be seeing Jackman play Wolverine again in Next years X-Men: Days of Future Past. As for Jackman I think it is up to him whether he plays Wolverine again just like it is basically for Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark. I believe like Downey Jr., Jackman has said he wants a break from the character, so we'll see what happens after next years X-Men film, but I have a feeling FOX will pay a boat load of money to keep him.

    As for the box office numbers. Sure it would have been great if The Wolverine had made close to 70 million and I think it deserved to reach that goal, but 55 million isn't a disappointment certainly not for FOX. The budget was only around 110 million depending what site you look at, and The Wolverine has already grossed back its budget more with a worldwide gross of about 141 million. The Wolverine should get around 150 million domestically and about a 400 million worldwide gross. That certainly isn't a disappointment, and while I think that Jackman will be back playing Wolverine, but there will be another Wolverine film down the line. First though it looks like the star and character will be in the new X-Force film FOX is planning.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  12. TheDude1

    @superman81 Yeah it was predicted to make at least 65 million and made 10 million less. Luckily for the studio it did very well overseas. But overall I agree the Wolverine stand alone films are done for awhile. And I'd even bet the next time we see one Jackman won't be playing the Wolverine.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  13. Superman81

    @thedude1 yea I expected Wolverine to do at least 60m. This is a huge blow and probably means no more solo Wolverine movies at least.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  14. TheDude1

    Not a good start for Wolverine at least domestically. Dropping 30 million dollars from the opening of Origins. The Conjuring is still dominating and will easily surpass 100 million domestically.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    And good worldwide start considering the competition

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag