Logan pulls in $85.3M in the U.S. weekend box office
The weekend box office is full-to-bursting, booming with a diverse mix of films making their debut and of movies looping around for their second weekend on the big screen. To the surprise of virtually no one, Hugh Jackman's sizzling swan song Logan tops the list, pulling in a cool $85.3 million.
From director James Mangold, the final chapter of the Wolverine canon was expected to draw in viewers and cold, hard cash in kind—and it absolutely delivered. Digging its claws deep into the North American box office this weekend, Logan raked in just over $85 million and established itself as the biggest film opening of 2017 thus far (via ScreenCrush).
Given the film's risky rating and somewhat unconventional early March release, its sky-high profits also solidify the movie as one of the most fiscally successful showings in history for both R-rated movies and for movies debuting in March. The film's monumental opening continues to break records within its own franchise, as Logan has officially become the highest-grossing Wolverine to date.
Worldwide, Logan saw a similar response, scoring $152.5 million, just over $46 million of which was from its China debut, in 81 global markets. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 68 percent of ticket buyers were 25 years of age or older, and 63 percent of audience members were male. Logan also saw IMAX success, profiting $20.6 million from the premium screenings across the globe.
But the weekend box office wasn't all X-Men troubles, action sequences, and some sweetly sentimental moments. Jordan Peele's hauntingly topical horror film Get Out saw its second weekend on the silver screen, and settled into the second place spot with a $26.1 million pull-in. Coming in close behind is the Sam Worthington-led The Shack, taking home $17 million, a healthy profit for a religious-centered film that debuts in the shadows of other faith flicks like the God's Not Dead franchise.
Rolling in after our top three are The LEGO Batman Movie, which dropped 39 percent but still managed $11.6 million in sales; another debut film that will have you feeling deja vu, Before I Fall, at just under $5 million; and the follow-up flick to the original assassination story, John Wick: Chapter 2 that skirted by with $4.7 million in profit.
Spots 7 through 10 were snatched up by Hidden Figures ($3.8 million), the Matt Damon-led movie The Great Wall ($3.5 million), Fifty Shades Darker ($3.4 million), and not the Best Picture winner at the 2017 Oscars, La La Land ($2.9 million). It looks like many of these films are taking one last look at their residence in the top box office slots, with picks like Fifty Shades Darker likely dropping off before next weekend.Number one in the U.S. weekend box office and number one in many filmgoers' hearts, Logan is out now. Head to the theater, see if the hype (and the impressive sales figures) hold up, and come back here to check out all the Logan Easter eggs you may have missed.