‘The Wolverine’ dominates on North American opening but falls short of expectations

July 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

James Mangold’s ‘The Wolverine’, the sixth instalment of the X-Men film franchise, grossed an average $21m during its North American opening on Friday and late Thursday.  Hugh Jackman returns as Logan in the first of Fox’s Marvel movies to have a 3D release and it received an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore from first night audiences.  The strong word of mouth should take it to $55m by Sunday night but that is still $30m less than the debut weekend of the film’s predecessor, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’.  It opened in a market high 3,924 theatres with 3,063 having 3D.

 

Last weekend’s No. 1, ‘The Conjuring’, earned a further $7.3m during an excellent second Friday hold.  The horror genre is susceptible to large falls but James Wan’s low budget surprise package should finish the three days around $22m, being a drop of just 46%.

 

Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins, made a flying start in the speciality market.  It averaged an outstanding $29,332 from six theatres, which beats the opening of ‘Midnight in Paris’, Allen’s most commercially successful film to date.

 

And there was an eye catching performance from ‘Fruitvale Station’, Ryan Coogler’s dramatisation of the build-up to the Oscar Grant police shooting.  The Sundance grand jury winner grossed $1.4m, having expanded from 34 to 1,064 theatres, and it is on pace to take $4.2m over the weekend.silvitra generic namesilvitra online purchasesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra costsilvitra pricesilvitra price

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