We’re now two weeks out from “Logan’s” release in theaters and box office analysts have good news for the third — and final — Wolverine film. According to a report by The Wrap, those analysts are projecting that “Logan” will earn between $55 million and $60 million domestically.
That will be a solid opening for “Logan” considering it’s both rated R and opening in March, which is not typically the blockbuster movie season. While “Logan” won’t have much competition when it opens in early March, it will soon go up against two heavy-hitters in the following weeks; “Kong: Skull Island” opens on March 10 and the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” arrives on March 17.
Even a $55 million opening weekend, which is on the lower end of the prediction, would give it a better opening than its 2013 predecessor “The Wolverine.” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” opened to $85 million in May 2009. It’s follow-up, “The Wolverine,” opened to $53 million in July 2013.
Set beyond the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” 2017’s “Logan” is set in the near future following a cataclysmic event that ravaged the mutant race. As a result, Wolverine’s healing factor will be greatly diminished. It will also be Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and will introduce Dafne Keen as the character’s teenage clone X-23.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3.