Logan (a.k.a. Wolverine) has run into a bit of trouble at the box office this weekend as The Wolverine, the sixth installment in the franchise, had a less than expected opening. The pic earned an estimated $55 million opening, quite a bit less than my $67.4M projection. This puts The Wolverine‘s opening right in the same range as 2011’s X-Men: First Class, which debuted to $55.1M in the summer of 2011. Frankly, it’s safe to assume 20th Century Fox expected more. We’ll see how it holds up next weekend, but this debut will be looked at as a disappointment.
Last weekend’s #1, The Conjuring, held up very well (especially for a horror flick). It dropped to second with $22.1 million. My projection? $22.1 million! Gold star for Todd!
Animated features populated the third and fourth slots. Despicable Me 2 was #3 with $16 million (I projected $14.6M) and Turbo was #4 with $13.3 million (I projected $13.8M). Grown Ups 2 rounded out the top five with $11.5 million, a bit higher than my $10.2M estimate.
The critically acclaimed indie drama Fruitvale Station expanded to over 1000 screens and posted a decent $4.6 million, lower than my generous $6.7M projection. Meanwhile, a couple of indie comedies expanded over the weekend as well. The Way, Way Back with Steve Carell grossed an OK $3.3 million, higher than my $2.7M projection. The To-Do List underwhelmed with $1.5 million, lower than my $2M projection.
And there’s your results! Be sure to check the blog later today for my projections for next weekend’s new entries: the Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg action pic 2 Guns and the sequel we’ve all been waiting for, The Smurfs 2!