It's a hit -- and that doesn't mean "an assassination." Â From the minds of Mark Millar and JG Jones, the Universal Pictures release "Wanted" raked in $51 million over the weekend. The action movie averaged $16,000 per-theater, and the saga continues overseas, with $33 million from 1,922 theaters in 22 markets. Â Â
"Wanted" is the biggest debut ever for an R-rated movie in June and -- brace yourself -- is the 6th or 7th highest R-rated opening ever. Â As was claimed by Brian Michael Bendis at Wizard World Chicago last weekend, "Mark Millar will be insufferable by Monday."
How does this compare to the rest of the summer? Â Well, it doesn't take down Disney/Pixar's "WALL-E," which opened with around $62 million, nor the big dog of the season, "Iron Man," which debuted in 4,105 theaters to the tune of $98,618,668 (an average of $24,024/screen). Â However, "Wanted" does edge out "The Incredible Hulk's" opening of $55,414,050. Â
How will Gotham City's guardian, this summer's other costumed billionaire, fare in this fight? Â Check back and CBR News will let you know after Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight" opens July 18.