Don’t be Surprised if the Hugh Jackman superhero film climbs higher; Octavia Spencer’s faith-based ‘The Shack’ also opens nationwide alongside YA adaptation ‘Before I Fall,’ while Oscar best picture ‘Moonlight’ winner heads back into theaters.
Wolverine threequel Logan is doing remarkable business at the Friday box office, where it be supposed to earn at least $30 million on its way to a $72 million-plus U.S. debut from 4,071 theaters, according to early matinee returns.
Logan, from 20th Century Fox and returning Hugh Jackman in the title role, is the first Wolverine title to be rated R and is getting the widest release ever for an R-rated release. It follows the huge success of the R-rated Deadpool. Friday’s haul includes an remarkable $9.5 million in Thursday-night previews.
The superhero film, directed by James Mangold, could rake in another $100 million this weekend overseas, where it is opening in abundant markets, as well as China.
Logan garnered astral reviews after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival last month. The last film in the spinoff series, The Wolverine, grossed $4 million in previews on its way to a $53.1 million home debut.
This time out, the story follows the adventure that ensues when Logan, who is caring for an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), encounters a mysterious young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) in need of their help. Jackman has said it will the final episode in the Wolverine series.
Also opening nationwide on Friday is Lionsgate’s The Shack, a faith-based movie based on the best-selling novel of the same name about a father’s transformative holy journey.
The film, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, earned a strong $850,000 in Thursday previews and is expected to come in ahead of expectations with a $13 million-$15 million debut. The Shack is playing in 2,888 locations and comes on the heels of Spencer’s Oscar nomination for box office hit veiled Figures.
The Shack is tipped to place No. 3 after Logan and survival Get Out, which is pacing to earn an probable $18 million in its second weekend.
The weekend’s third new nationwide contribution is the micro-budgeted YA film adaptation Before I Fall, from Awesomeness Films and Open Road. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is projected to open to $3 million.
That’s on par with projected earnings for Oscar best picture winner Moonlight, which is going back into 1,500 theaters following its victory over La La Land, which was incorrectly declared the winner in the biggest wrong step in Academy Award history.
Since Moonlight, from A24, is already available on VOD and on DVD, its post-Oscar theatrical prospects are limited. Barry Jenkins’ film has grossed north of $22 million to date, a strong showing for an arthouse film.