‘The Wolverine’ Scores Big Weekend at Box Office

Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman returns as Twentieth Century Fox unleashed Marvel’s The Wolverine in 3,924 theaters and as expected topped the weekend with a debut of $55 million. Notably, this is the sixth film in X-Men film franchise which has to this point generated a massive worldwide theatrical box office total of $1.9 billion! Strong word-of-mouth and solid reviews will keep this one strong in the weeks ahead. The film had a great start internationally:
The Wolverine
Weekend International Gross estimate=$86.1M
101 territories, 15,152 screens
Total Worldwide Gross Estimate= $141.1M
Budget was just under $120M
A- CinemaScore

Notably, this is the sixth film in X-Men film franchise which has to this point generated a massive worldwide theatrical box office total of $1.9 billion!

As no surprise, second place goes to Warner Bros.’ R-rated horror hit The Conjuring which scared up a devilish $41.8 million in its debut last weekend and was the mid-week champ possessing over $60 million as it  started the weekend. With great reviews and solid word-of-mouth, this particular horror movie had a much less severe second weekend drop than is typical for the genre at only 47% and therefore was able to scare up another $22.13 million in further profits during the Friday through Sunday period and $83.867 million to date.

Universal’s Despicable Me 2 is now the second highest grossing film released so far this year with over $306 million in North America (second now only to Disney’s Iron Man 3 which reigns at the top with $407.1 million) as it winds up its fourth weekend in theaters. With another $16 million this weekend it lands in third place and brings its global cumulative gross to an impressive $660.9 million.

Fourth place belongs to Fox’s animated Turbo which powered its way past the $50 million mark this weekend with a Friday through Sunday gross of $13.325 million in its second weekend.

The Top 5 is rounded out by Sony’s Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2 with $11.5 million it its third weekend and crossing the $100 million mark by Sunday night.

In its first wide expansion The Weinstein Co.’s Fruitvale Station added 1030 theaters this weekend and impresses with a 10th place finish overall for the weekend with $4.657 million and $6.3 million to date.

Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine from Sony Pictures Classics performed incredibly well this weekend taking in a massive $612,767 in just 6 theaters and posted the highest opening per-theater average of any film released this year and one of the best of all-time with $102,128.

Summer revenues remain strong as we head toward final month of the most important movie-going season of the year. This week look out for The Smurfs 2 from Sony which debuts on Wednesday and 2 Guns from Universal which opens Friday.

Top Movies for Weekend of July 26 – July 28 (Estimates)
Rank     Movie     Gross     Theaters     Avg.Per     YTD     Distributor
01     The Wolverine     $55.0M     3,924     $14,016     $55.0M     Fox
02     The Conjuring     $22.13M     3,022     $7,323     $83.86M     Warner Bros.
03     Despicable Me 2     $16.0M     3,476     $4,610     $306.4M     Universal
04     Turbo     $13.32M     3,809     $3,498     $55.76M     Fox
05     Grown Ups 2     $11.5M     3,258     $3,530     $101.66M     Sony Pictures
06     Red 2     $9.4M     3,016     $3,117     $35.1M     Lionsgate
07     Pacific Rim     $7.54M     2,602     $2,898     $84.0M     Warner Bros.
08     The Heat     $6.85M     2,384     $2,873     $141.2M     Fox
09     R.I.P.D.     $5.85M     2,850     $2,055     $24.3M     Universal
10     Fruitvale Station     $4.657M     1,064     $4,377     $6.33M     Weinstein Co.

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