Logan is the end of an era for the X-Men franchise. Thankfully, judging from the movie's initial reception, we know it's a worthy end for #HughJackman's role as Wolverine, with a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
But that still left us wondering how the R-rated adventure would do financially. Considering this is only Fox's second #XMen movie with such a rating (the first one being Deadpool), how it does financially could have a great impact for future films set in the mutant universe.
Fortunately, things are looking great so far. Fandango reported that the third film in the #Wolverine franchise's pre-sale tickets are ahead of all other movies in the X-Men franchise (except, again, for Deadpool). And it's definitely showing, because, according to Deadline, Logan is expected to gross $65 million in the US and $105 million internationally (except for Japan) opening weekend. That would bring Wolvie's approximate opening weekend gross to $170 million worldwide.
Those numbers sound impressive, but we should put them into perspective.
How Does It Compare To Previous X-Men Movies?
Let's compare #Logans's estimated earnings to previous opening weekends in the the X-Men franchise to decide:
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
The first entry in Logan's trilogy earned $85.5 million domestically and $73.1 million internationally. Combined, that's $128.6 million.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past:
The movie took in $90.8 million. Internationally, it earned $172 million, bringing the total opening weekend gross to $262 million.
- The Wolverine:
Domestically, it earned $53.1 million. Internationally, it received $86.4 million, bringing its total opening weekend gross to $139.5 million.
The Merc with a Mouth's movie remains the most successful X-Men film of all time. Domestically, the famous mercenary took home $132.4 million and internationally, $132.2 million. In total, the unicorn-lover received $264.6 million... nice going Deadpool.
- X-Men: Apocalypse:
This film premiered internationally one week before the United States. The weekend of May 18, it grossed $101.5 million. Once it arrived in US theaters, it earned $65.8 million, making its opening weekend gross $167.3 million.
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So, looking at all the evidence, yes, Logan is definitely in for a huge opening weekend. But it looks like it will have trouble beating Days of Future Past and Deadpool by a considerable amount. But we need to keep in mind that it has an R rating, which does impact it domestically and Deadline's estimates don't count China, which has proven to be one of the franchise's biggest source of revenue.
Seeing how this is Hugh's last triumphant turn as the beloved three-clawed mutant, it will incredible to see it do so well.
Will you be seeing Logan on opening weekend? Let me know in the comments!