20th Century Fox’s new Wolverine movie Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal of the character, opened for Thursday previews last night and is reported to have taken in $9.5 million from those previews.
Co-starring Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen and Boyd Holbrook, Logan surpassed the Thursday previews of the last two X-Men movies, X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which made $8.1 and 8.2 million in Thursday previews, respectively. The latter ended up making $90.8 million over Memorial Day weekend, while the former made just $65.7 million over the same weekend two years later.
On the other hand, it’s below the $12.7 million Thursday previews made by Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, which might be a better comparison, because that was also R-rated. It also opened over a four-day holiday weekend like the last two X-Men movies. Then again, it’s also slightly higher than Marvel Studios’ last movie Doctor Strange, which ended up grossing almost $85 million (although that didn’t have an R rating as Logan does.)
In other words, it might be too early to tell if Logan will beat the $85 million opening of Wolverine’s first solo movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although it’s very likely to surpass the opening of 2013’s The Wolverine by quite a wide margin.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the full Friday box office and then on Sunday the full box office report to see where Logan stacks up to its predecessors.