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Box Office Weekend: ‘Logan’ Claws Its Way To The Top

6 March 2017, 7:14 am EST By Des Luna Tech Times
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Old man Logan won't go gently into that good night.

The popular X-Men mutant Wolverine showed he still has the skills to be the best, as his film Logan landed at the top of the box office this weekend. Logan is the last X-Men film that will feature Hugh Jackman, who has portrayed the brooding superhero for 17 years. The film also had a surprise new trailer for wacky superhero Deadpool.

Logan earned an impressive $85.3 million during its opening weekend. Jordan Peele's Get Out settled for No. 2 after a short stay at the top. It earned $26.1 million, bringing its local total to $75.9 million. At third spot is newcomer Christian film The Shack, which earned $16.1 million. The No. 4 and 5 spots were taken by The LEGO Batman Movie ($11.6 million) and Open Road's drama Before I Fall ($4.9 million).

Completing the top 10 are assassin film John Wick: Chapter 2; historical film Hidden Figures; monster film The Great Wall; erotica Fifty Shades Darker; and Oscar winner La La Land.

Logan On Top Of Reviews, Box Office

Logan premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 27. It has since roared its way to positive reviews, with one writer calling it "good enough that you might forget it's a comic-book movie."

Logan tells the story of Wolverine, the former X-Men who is now old and retired, with his literal battle scars showing up on his body. His erstwhile superhuman regeneration skills have deteriorated because of adamantium poisoning. He spends his day hustling as a chauffeur while taking care of a dying/degenerating Professor Charles Xavier, whose own mutant telepathic powers are fading. Then one day, a girl with uncontrollable mutant powers is left to his care.

Logan is the 10th installment in the X-Men series. However, this last one is a drastic change stylistically and thematically. It was directed by James Mangold, who also co-penned the script together with writers Scott Frank and Michael Green from a story written by Mangold, who took inspiration from the graphic novel Old Man Logan.

Hugh Jackman reprised his iconic role as the berserker mutant Wolverine. Also starring are newcomer Dafne Keen, who played Logan's protégé Laura, and Patrick Stewart as the aging Professor X. Completing the cast are Richard Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Logan's opening weekend is also the second-biggest R-Rated IMAX debut with $20.6 million earnings. Outside the United States, the film earned $152.5 million, which brings the grand debut total to $237.8 million worldwide. The film only had a budget of $97 million, which makes the earnings impressive.

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