Proving once again he’s the best there is at what he does, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine dominated the North American box office on Friday, with “Logan” earning an impressive $33.1 million. That figure includes $9.5 million from Thursday previews.
Friday’s haul boosts projections for the Fox film’s opening weekend to north of $80 million, which just days ago was viewed as optimistic. The studio predictably low-balled its estimate at $65 million, while rivals suggesting Jackman’s Wolverine swan song would finish the weekend with somewhere between $70 million and $75 million.
Even if “Logan” falls short of that revised projection, it seems destined to score the largest domestic debut of 2017, surpassing “The LEGO Batman Movie’s” $53 million.
If “Logan” does indeed finish the weekend in the neighborhood of $80 million, it will still fall short of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the widely panned 2009 film that bowed in North America with $85 million.
Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine, a character he’s played nine times over the past 17 years, “Logan” is “Certified Fresh” with a rating of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film is set in the near future, years after the epilogue of 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” In it, a weary Logan, whose healing factor is failing, cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces. Now in theaters nationwide, “Logan” also stars Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant.
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