Wolverine claims the weekend box office crown

Hugh Jackman is the latest incarnation as Wolverine having clawed its way through this weekend’s box office competition. ‘Wolverine’ that starred Hugh Jackman as Marvel Comics’ sharp clawed super hero slashed its way to $55 million in United States and Canadian ticket sales to claim the box office crown. This film made more than $120 million it cost to make in its opening weekend. It is the sixth film in the X-Men franchise that has now made $1.9 billion worldwide. “The Conjuring” the low budget horror film that led last weekend’s box office slipped to second place with $22.1million in domestic sales from Friday through Sunday as per studio estimates.

Wolverine is set in Japan and features an international cast. The film has generated nearly $84 million in overall ticket sales that surprised strong showing for the film that was made under $20 million to make. The animated film “Despicable Me 2” that featured the voice of comic actor Steve Carell finished third with 16 million in ticket sales in its fourth week in movie theatres. This film was made by Universal Pictures collecting more than $600 million ticket sales around the globe. Despite of the success, ‘Wolverine’ fell short of Hollywood insiders’ $72 million weekend estimates. It is the latest in the string of the big budget action films that had failed to meet the expectations.

The ‘Wolverine’ starring Jackman in his sixth film as the ageless mutant also featured in “X-Men” movies. Those six films generated global revenue of $1.9 billion in ticket sales as per the movie site Box Office Mojo. The reviews were mixed to solid on “Wolverine” with about 68% positive rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes and the film received an A-minus Cinema Source rating based on moviegoers input. Ticket Site Fandango informed that the film grabbed 51% of advance sales with about 73% saying that they would not want to see the film without Jackman in the lead role. The huge rating of this film points out about the importance of the star as a huge draw at the worldwide box office.

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