‘The Wolverine’ Box Office: 5th Weekend

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Studio estimates report that James Mangold’s THE WOLVERINE came in at #15 during its fifth weekend at the domestic box office. The film brought in around $2.5 million (45% drop) from 1,449 theaters, bringing its domestic total to $125 million.

Playing in 72 foreign markets, the film has an estimated $216.4 million haul internationally. Worldwide numbers have many conflicting reports, but the full total should be anywhere between $339 million and $343 million.

Despite it being the lowest grossing “X-Men” film in the United States, it’s set to to become the largest “international” money maker for any previous film.

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Box Office, The Numbers.


10 responses to “‘The Wolverine’ Box Office: 5th Weekend

  1. Fox is now getting the movie ready for release on Pay Per View stations as well as movie channels like HBO and Cinemax. The movie has been a success, and the X-Men Franchise goes on.

    • not a success on USA, tho, being the lowest of the whole franchise.
      Wolverine fatigue, some people are saying. Makes sense.

  2. Since international BO is considered more important than US BO these days, it doesn’t hurt the film.

    Not at all. Consider that the film will be released in China (huge 3D market) and Japan (the film features many A-list Japanese actors, which will be a huge factor to count in)! The film will get past THE LAST STAND on a world wide box office. Seems that the World loves WOLVERINE, simply the Americans don’t.

    • I find it so weird the film hasn’t been released in Japan yet. I understand there are various factors that go into when a film is released in other countries, but you’d think since it was filmed there, it’d be one of the first places to show the movie.

  3. Wolverine fatigue sounds absurd to me, I have to say. It’s like saying Batman fatigue. I think its something that fanboys argue for, that doesn’t have any basis in reality. I think what we’re seeing is an ambivalence toward the X-Franchise in general. We could go into the many and varied reasons for it, but suffice to say that it has squandered some of it’s currency over the years, and lost a bit of its luster as a result.

    It seems clear that X-Men is a franchise that needs a game changer. There had been some hope that that would be First Class, but clearly it wasn’t enough, despite being generally well regarded. I feel strongly that Days of Future Past will be the shot in the arm that the franchise needs – that cast alone is going to be hard for even casual moviegoers to ignore – but I suppose we’ll have to wait and see on that front.

    The Wolverine is really a perfect example of risk versus reward paying off for the studio. But there’s no getting away from the fact that its modest returns at the US box office raises the question of whether the X-Franchise, in its current incarnation, can be a heavy-hitter again.

    I’m not sure why US audiences in particular, are so out of step with the rest of the world though, but that seems to be the case with a number of the big budget movies this year. It’s curious…

    • I agree. These films should definitely be pulling in more money, especially when compared to similar films from other studios. I don’t get it. “First Class” and “The Wolverine” were some of the best reviewed films, yet the box office didn’t fully reflect that… at least domestically. Maybe the films attract an older audience and not kids? No idea.

  4. Well those films are not completely dumbed down, and you need at least a few brain cells to GET them.
    Unlike AVENGERS or TRANSFORMERS, where the films are just plain and simple, so that even IQ 65 will get what they are about.

    You need to include a showdown in a big American city, which will be devasted, simple dialogues about patriotism and you have an American blockbuster these days.

    • I don’t think you’re being entirely fair there. Marvel have worked hard to earn the audience’s trust over the last few years, by producing well crafted entertainments that treat the source material, and their audience with respect. That has too often not been the case with Fox’s X-Franchise (and I say that as a fan of the Movie-Verse that Bryan Singer and his collaborators created).

      Lumping The Avengers in with drek like the Transformers movies seems churlish, not to say wholly inaccurate. The real brilliance of that movie is how Whedon and Co. managed to simplify, and make straight-forward what could have very easily been an overly complicated string of set pieces. They found a way to focus on character, and tell a story about the idea of community, and cooperation while also bringing the big action spectacle that a movie like that demands.

      The X-Men movies squandered their good will with the audience, but they’re working hard to earn it back. I think they’re going to.

      All will be well…

  5. btw to all the critics

    Do you math! 120 million budget and a 350 worldwide total (for now).

    Experts say when a movie makes double of it’s budget back, it is called a success. Now WOLVERINE will make more than 3 times as much.
    In industry it is considered a full success for a studio.

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