With preview night just a few days away, “Logan” seems to be gaining traction with those that make box office predictions. Deadline has reported that the film may be on track to earn $170 million worldwide in its opening weekend. That includes a domestic gross of at least $65 million, up $5 million from previous estimates.
A $65 million opening weekend domestically 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. If “Logan” performs as well in China as recent releases like “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” then “Logan’s” international haul could climb past $130 million.
Deadline also notes that “Logan” is the widest R-rated release ever in the US, screening at 4,071 theaters. It’s also the widest-released R-rated IMAX release, with 381 screens.
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.
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