Update: Box office numbers as of Wednesday, July 31st are $68.9 million (domestic) and $91.9 million (foreign) for a worldwide total of $160.9 million.
In its first weekend in theaters, James Mangold’s THE WOLVERINE topped the box office, grossing $53.1 million (domestic) and $86 million (international) for a worldwide box office take of around $139.2 million. That’s more than a 35% drop from 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” opening numbers ($85 mil), but matches closely with 2011’s “X-Men: First Class” ($55 mil).
Putting 3D costs and ticket price inflation into consideration, this places “The Wolverine” as having the lowest opening for any previously released “X-Men” film.
Quiet opening or not, it’s looking to become a “win” for 20th Century Fox. The film received a coveted A- Cinemascore from general audiences, so word-of-mouth should be pretty solid.
Stay tuned to XMF for the latest box office numbers.
Source: Box Office Mojo