Buoyed by rave reviews, “Logan” took in over $100 million in its first five days. That ranks it fourth among the Marvel Cinematic Universe films to reach that threshold. Three titles took just four days to break that money barrier: “Deadpool” raked in a staggering $132 million in four frames while “X-Men: Days of Future Past” earned $110 million and “X-Men: The Last Stand” earned $102 million.
“Logan” had already set a record for a March release of an R-rated feature, with its first weekend haul of $88 million which far outpaced the $71 million that “300” made back in 2006. So strong was the word-of-mouth for this last outing of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine that the Monday box office was a solid $7 million. And Tuesday’s takings are sure to be as impressive, with many exhibitors hoping to boost footfall on that slow night by offering discounts.
So will “Logan” outdo its predecessors? To compare, the first 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).
While “Logan” may not include the usual post-credit extra scene that we have come to expect from the “X-Men” movies, it opens with a 3-minute sneak peek at “Deadpool 2.” The success of the first “Deadpool” last year convinced Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox to take a chance and allow “Logan” to be the first R-rated entry in the 10-film “X-Men” franchise, which has been PG-13 fare up till now.
“Logan” is directed by James Mangold, who also helmed “The Wolverine.” His list of credits also includes the Oscar winning films “Girl, Interrupted” (1999) and “Walk the Line” (2005). This time around he was inspired by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven‘s graphic novel “Old Man Logan,” to come up with the story set in the dystopic America of 2029. Mangold co-also wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green.
With most of the mutants gone, Wolverine is laying low near the Mexican border. He cares for his ailing mentor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) while trying to protect a mysterious young girl (Dafne Keen).