No matter what you think about X-Men Origins: Wolverine it appears a lot of you already went out to see it as Steve Mason at Big Hollywood reports the origin story of the bad-tempered mutant hit an estimated $34.75 million on Friday and he expects it may end up around $86.8 million as the first blockbuster of the Summer 2009 movie season. Mason points out this gives Wolverine the seventh best opening day for a comic book adaptation with last year’s Iron Man besting it by less than a half-million.
Should Mason’s estimate of $86.8 million hold it will also make it the seventh best opening weekend for a comic book adaptation, but X2‘s $85.5 is a close eighth in that case and it’s all going to depend on word-of-mouth, which if you read around the Internet it appears the fanboys didn’t take to it, but just how will general audiences feel? One thing I know is $86.8 is damn close to our Box-Office Oracle’s prediction of $88 million. Atta boy Laremy.
New Line’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was the weekend’s other wide release and earned an estimated $6 million on Friday which Mason expects to grow to $16.5 million for the weekend.
The only other new release expected to do any kind of real business was the Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions 3-D animated release Battle for Terra, which apparently seems to be suffering from the fact it was hardly promoted, only earning $300,000 on Friday and Mason expects that will only translate to a mere $1 million for the weekend, ultimately causing it to miss the weekend top ten.
I have included the rest of Mason’s early Friday estimates below, stay tuned for Laremy’s complete wrap-up on Sunday.
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) – $34.75 million
- Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Warner Bros) – $6 million
- Obsessed (Sony) – $4.2 million
- 17 Again (Warner Bros) – $2.22 million
- The Soloist (Dreamworks/Paramount) – $1.7 million
- Earth (Disney) – $1.45 million
- Monsters vs. Aliens (Dreamworks/Paramount) – $1.41 million
- Fighting (Rogue) – $1.4 million
- State of Play (Universal) – $1.28 million
- Hannah Montana: The Movie (Disney) – $1.1 million