“Logan” officially opened on Friday, March 3, but it has already made a killing at the box office from Thursday night screenings. The unconventional superhero sequel took in $9.5 million for the evening. So what does that mean for its weekend box office potential? Maybe a lot.
For instance, that Thursday night total is better than the number posted by another superhero film, “Doctor Strange,” last fall ($9.4 million), which went on to an $85 million opening weekend gross. It’s also ahead of 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” ($8.2 million Thursday, $65.7 million weekend). However, it is behind “Deadpool,” which started with a $12.7 million Thursday and a $132.4 million opening weekend. Nevertheless, “Logan” looks like it could score $150-200 million in total ticket sales worldwide.
“Logan” was a risk as it’s the first R-rated film in the typically PG-13 “Wolverine” franchise. It’s set in 2029, when most mutants are gone and the title character (Hugh Jackman) cares for his ailing mentor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) while trying to protect a mysterious young girl (Dafne Keen). But “Deadpool” proved last year that hyper-violent, foul-mouthed superheroes are no impediment to box office success.
So will “Logan” outdo its predecessors? To compare, the last two standalone “Wolverine” films were 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” ($85 million opening weekend, $179 million total domestic gross, $373 million total worldwide) and 2013’s “The Wolverine” ($53 million opening weekend, $132 million total domestic gross, $414 million total worldwide).