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Hugh Jackman will pop his claws one last time as the fan-favorite Wolverine in Logan, which has now (finally) opened in theaters. After playing the character for 17 years, what could be better than having your final movie be near universally praised in reviews? Well, a big box office certainly doesn't hurt. Logan opened last night and the superhero movie has already pulled in an impressive number and is almost guaranteed to reign as number one this weekend. Big crowds turned out to see Jackman's iconic character off, resulting in $9.5 million in one night.
Variety has the data, and they report that Logan had a very strong opening with $9.5 million already in the bank. This Thursday night score is above the one of the last major X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse, which earned $8.2 million. That should put into perspective how much Wolverine has become a fixture of the franchise, outpacing a movie full of mutants mostly by himself. Logan also topped (though barely) the last big comic book film, Doctor Strange, who opened to $9.4 million. Time will tell if Logan can also top their individual domestic runs too.
Not content to win all the money, Logan also has to be a critically darling too. The film currently stands at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising Logan for being everything fans ever wanted from a Wolverine movie while also delivering just a great film. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart (who likewise is finished with the X-franchise after this movie) have also been said to deliver the best performances of their individual characters.
The comic book adaptation is expecting to make a whopping $70 million for its debut weekend, easily outpacing The LEGO Batman Movie has the biggest opening of 2017 yet. As for the rest of the weekend competition, Get Out will comfortably take second place. The horror film from director-writer Jordan Peele had a surprisingly strong debut last week, garnering $33.3 million on a $5 million budget. The movie was also a Rotten Tomatoes gem, for a time holding a 100% fresh rating. Also debuting this weekend is The Shack, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. The faith-based film is expected to finish the weekend with $10 to $12 million.
Logan concludes the story of Wolverine, who finds himself in the not too distant future just trying to make ends meat. Taking care of a bed-ridden Charles Xavier in a world where mutants are near-extinct, Logan is thrust back into the fold one last time when he is tasked with protecting a young mutant girl played by Dafne Keen who shares more than a few similarities with him.
Logan is directed by James Mangold. The comic book film is in theaters right now, so get out there and see it for yourself!