Logan Could Make $65 Million With US Opening, Here's How That Compares To Other X-Men Films

Big numbers are expected for Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine.

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The new Wolverine movie Logan is receiving a lot of praise from critics, but how will the franchise's first-ever R-rated movie do at the box office? According to tracking estimates posted by The Hollywood Reporter, the film could make $65 million in the US for the March 3-5 weekend, taking in a further $100 million from international markets over the same span of time.

Logan may benefit from an expanded availability in theaters. According to THR, it's playing in 2,071 theaters in the US this weekend, which is the most for any R-rated movie ever domestically.

Here is a rundown of how the previous X-Men/Wolverine installments fared in the US for their opening weekends, with figures pulled from Box Office Mojo:

  • X-Men (2000) -- $54.5 million
  • X 2 (2003) -- $86 million
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) -- $103 million
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) -- $85 million
  • X-Men: First Class (2011) -- $55 million
  • The Wolverine (2013) -- $53 million
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) -- $91 million
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) -- $66 million

We will report back with official box office numbers this weekend when they come in. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.

X-Men franchise actors Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier) are retiring their characters after Logan.

GameSpot's Logan review praised it for being brutal and grim, featuring outstanding performances by Jackman and Stewart.

"Logan continually subverts your expectations, but in its impactful ending, it still somehow feels like the only way the movie--and Wolverine's long journey--could end," GameSpot critic Randolph Ramsay said. "This is a film that elevates its genre, succeeding precisely because it's different, and because it strives to be the Wolverine movie fans have always wanted to see. Logan is a must-watch, and is not only a wonderful superhero movie, but a wonderful movie in its own right."

For more on the critical reaction to Logan, check out this roundup of reviews.

In other news, it was recently revealed that studio bosses were concerned that the film's more adult approach might turn fans off. "There was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film," Fox executive Stacey Snider said. "It's more of an elegy about life and death. It's not a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, 'Isn't that freakin' boring?'"

Additionally, director James Mangold has teased a black-and-white version of Logan.

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