Heading into James Mangold’s “The Wolverine”, the big question was, can this latest installment focusing on the popular mutant make people forget the Godawful Gavin Hood movie from four years ago? In terms of quality, yes, I think it’s a no-brainer. “The Wolverine” is miles better than Hood’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. As for box office, though, Hood might have the last laugh, because the $85 million that his “Origins” pulled in is still tops, with Mangold’s follow-up earning $55 million at the domestic box office in its debut. Good for #1, but way short of the opening for Hood’s film.
Fox will take it (#1 is #1, after all), with “The Wolverine” knocking Warner Bros.’ “The Conjuring” down a peg, even though $55 million was, well, probably not what they were hoping for. Hood’s film movie, despite middling reviews, went on to earn $373 million worldwide, with its total almost evenly split between domestic and foreign box office. On the plus side, “The Wolverine” may have only earned $55 million at the domestic box office, but it also pulled in a nice $86 million overseas, giving it $141 million so far in worldwide gross in its first week.
“The Wolverine’s” $55 million has to be doubly disappointing for Fox when you consider that it had almost zero studio competition this weekend, with only the counter-programming teen comedy “The To Do List” giving it any fight whatsoever. The Aubrey Plaza film opened in 15th place with $1.5 million, which is about the same amount it cost to make the film. On the plus side, I didn’t really see a lot of advertising for the film, so although it didn’t blow the doors off the box office, it should do reasonably well when all is said and done. Raunchy comedies tend to do very on DVD afterwards.
But the big story this weekend has to be “The Wolverine’s” inability to overcome “X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s” opening 4 years ago. I’m not sure what that says, really, because “The Wolverine” has way better reviews. On the other hand, maybe “Origins” still leaves such a bad taste in people’s mouths that not many Joe Blow moviegoer were willing to give him another chance.
On the plus side, “The Wolverine” has already made $141 million worldwide, and it arrives on the scene with a $120 million dollar budget. So it doesn’t have that much farther to go to turn a profit.
Via : Box Office Mojo