Despite Deadpool proving that an R-rated comic book property can have a successful run at the box office, movies in the superhero genre with such a rating can still be big gambles for studios. The latest gamble is Fox's #Logan, which just opened in theaters.
Last week, the film was expected to have a massive $170 million international opening weekend. But get your berserker rage (or joy) ready, because it turns out the film not only blew those numbers out of the water, but also broke several records at the same time. Take a look at all the victims of #Wolverine's success:
- Biggest R-Rated Overseas Opening Weekend In History
Logan earned $159 million internationally. That places it as the R-rated film with the biggest overseas opening weekend in history, beating previous title holder, Fifty Shades of Grey, which earned $156 million. Of course, we should keep in mind Logan had the advantage of opening in China, from which it pulled $3 million.
- Biggest R-rated IMAX release ever:
The film took in $10.6 million from 687 screens. It also has the biggest international 2D IMAX opening ever. Those two strip #Deadpool of his records. In Wade's defense though, $4.4 out of the $10 million came from 388 screens in China, a market the Merc with a Mouth was excluded from... Sorry Deadpool.
- Fox's Third Biggest International Opening:
Being the closing chapter in a trilogy, this note is a tad ironic for #Logan. The film's $152.8 million are only behind Days of Future Past's $172 million and Avatar's $164 million.
- Second-Biggest R-Rated Global Debut:
Good ol' Wolvie opened No. 1 in 80 out of 81 markets where it was available. The only loss was in Turkey, where Recep Ivedik 5 took the coveted #1 spot.
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All those slashed-up records add up to an astounding $247.3 million opening weekend for Logan. With a $97 million budget, it's safe to say Fox is very happy with the results. Living in a time where the comic book movie industry is getting as crowded as it is today, it's evident by this recent development that audiences crave new flavors and well-crafted stories.
It's great to see Fox taking full advantage of the #Marvel comic book characters it holds the rights to by exploring those different territories. Logan was an incredible ride and a worthy send-off for #HughJackman that set itself apart from all the movies in the genre, so I'm glad to know it's doing so well.
What do you think of Logan's success? Could it eventually beat Deadpool's $783.1 million at the box office?