With great early reviews for 20th Century Fox’s Logan, many had predicted a box office opening of between $60 and $70 million. However, as is with many box office blowouts, Logan destroyed its estimates racking up an impressive $85.3 million opening weekend. With 4,071 theaters showing the Marvel blockbuster over the weekend (according to Box Office Mojo), that equates to an impressive per-screen average of $20,953.
Deadpool retains the top spot as the highest opening R-rated movie of all time with $132 million and a per screening average of $37,222. Logan will take the fifth spot just beating out Fifty Shades of Grey and settling behind The Hangover Part II, American Sniper and The Matrix Reloaded. However, considering that this is the third installment of the series, the 10th X-Men film and the 35th Marvel Comics film adaption, the weekend’s results were nothing short of miraculous.
In 2024, Logan’s self-healing ability has started to dwindle along with the greater mutant population. Forced underground, he now works as a chauffeur by day and a caretaker to an ailing Professor X by night. The pair live an ordinary life besieged with everyday financial and physical hardships. That all changes when Logan agrees to transport a girl named Laura to the Canadian boarder. The girl, like Logan possesses an extraordinary fighting ability and with the encouragement of Professor X, he becomes her guardian from a powerful corporation who would experiment on the girl. Under attack and on the run, Logan fights with his own demons and doubts, and will have to come to terms with his own mortality to ensure the girl’s safety.
A grounded story anchored in fantastic character performances, Logan has won over critics and fans alike and holds an 8.7 rating on IMDb and 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 83 positive reviewers and just four negative.
Although the perfect ending to a beloved character, the news that Hugh Jackman would be retiring from the character following the completion of Logan leaves a sad hole in the Marvel universe. We can only hope, that a persuasive producer can convince the 48-year-old Australian actor to agree to do the Deadpool, Wolverine crossover we all want so badly.
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