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Jackman and Mangold’s 'Logan' sends Wolverine out at number 1

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Weekend Box Office - March 3-5, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - Twentieth Century Fox had pegged “Logan,” the newest film based on the X-Men character Wolverine and purportedly the last time the character will be played by Hugh Jackman, to open around $60 million. That didn’t happen; Fox’s numbers proved to be far too conservative as the film is estimated to finish the weekend with $85 million. Overseas the film was also a massive hit, bringing in more than $150 million. The worldwide total currently sits just shy of $240 million.

It will be interesting to track the film over the next few weeks, particularly with “Kong: Skull Island” opening next week. Hopefully the film will have some legs and surpass the worldwide total of both previous Wolverine films. After its first weekend, it's more than halfway there. “The Wolverine” (2013) earned $414 million worldwide. This film is leaps and bounds ahead in quality. It’s “R” rating may or may not have much of an impact. “Logan” is a remarkable accomplishment, a popcorn film with an arthouse aesthetic.

In second place is “Get Out.” The surprise hit with a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes brought in $26 million. That pushes its domestic total just above $75 million.

Elsewhere, “The Shack” was embraced by its core Christian audience to the tune of $16 million. That’s better than the $13 million opening that most were expecting. Reviews for the film have been rather negative (I personally found it to be flawed, but amiable) but, clearly, the best-selling book’s fan base came out in droves. Even better for Lionsgate? Audiences are loving the film.

Before I Fall,” the surprisingly fresh YA drama that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, brought in almost $5 million. While that might not seem like an incredible amount, keep in mind the movie only cost $5 million to make. There has been a fairly aggressive ad campaign and the money spent there probably means the film will need to finish at about $15 million before we can even start to look at turning a profit. Frankly, the film is a lot better than the YA genre suggests.

La La Land,” despite missing out on Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, inched closer to a worldwide total of $400 million. Best Picture “Moonlight” pushed its domestic total to $25.4 million. Again, that might not sound impressive, but the film cost only $1.5 million to make.

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