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The Wolverine slashes to the top!

With no other new competitors in theaters, everyone's favorite adamantium-laced mutant easily sliced his way to #1 at the box office this weekend, putting THE WOLVERINE at the top with an opening of $55 million.

While that opening figure is nearly identical to the (almost) Logan-free X-MEN: FIRST CLASS in June 2011, it's still a few notches below the lethal X-man's previous solo outing X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, which started with $85 million (and went on to nearly $180M) -- even despite being leaked online in the weeks prior to its theatrical release.

Are those claws starting to get rusty? Not overseas, where Wolvie's Japanese adventure has carved out an additional $86 million for a $141M worldwide total (THE WOLVERINE cost around $120M, which is considered "reasonable" in this summer of bloated budgets). And North American audiences enjoyed the shirtless berserker and his impressive sideburns, granting the movie an 'A-' CinemaScore, while critics mostly appreciated director James Mangold's less cartoonish handling of the character (67% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Last weekend's winner THE CONJURING took second place with another $22.1 million, a drop of less than 50% from its opening. Director James Wan's latest low-budget spooker is already at a 10-day total of $83.8 million as it reaches for a guaranteed $100+ million.

In third place is the year's second-biggest success DESPICABLE ME 2 with $16 million, for a domestic total of $306.4 million and $661 million globally (which should give Universal some comfort after their colossal flop R.I.P.D.). Sputtering along right behind Gru was another family-friendly computer-animated feature, Dreamworks' snail racer TURBO, with $13.3 million in its second weekend.

GROWN UPS 2 just crossed the $100 million mark (as have most of Sandler's comedies in the past decade), but RED 2 is likely to remain in the red at this rate -- the senior spy actioner has considerable distance to make it to the first movie's $200M worldwide total, or even its $84M cost.

The oversized robots of PACIFIC RIM still have some stiff joints in the US, but Guillermo del Toro's action epic has punched to a $224M global total. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's THE HEAT holds onto eighth place, while R.I.P.D. has both feet in the grave with a cadaverous $24.3 million total (against a budget as high as $180M). Coming up on the bottom of the list was FRUITVALE STATION, the timely true drama about a young black man fatally shot at an Oakland train station. Expanding from limited release onto a thousand additional screens, the indie (featuring "It Guy" Michael B. Jordan) collected $4.6 million.

Outside the chart, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and WORLD WAR Z slipped away, while the new comedy THE TO-DO LIST got dissed with just $1.5 million (which also happened to be its reported production cost), and Woody Allen's acclaimed new film BLUE JASMINE opened in six locations with a remarkable $102k per-screen average.

Next weekend features the return of the little blue humanoids in THE SMURFS 2 (on Wednesday), while Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg will unholster 2 GUNS, and limited releases include the sci-fi thriller EUROPA REPORT and the teen drama THE SPECTACULAR NOW.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Wolverine $55 M
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2. The Conjuring $22.1 M $83.8 M
3. Despicable Me 2 $16 M $306.4 M
4. Turbo $13.3 M $55.7 M
5. Grown Ups 2 $11.5 M $101.6 M
6. Red 2 $9.4 M $35 M
7. Pacific Rim $7.5 M $84 M
8. The Heat $6.8 M $141.2 M
9. R.I.P.D. $5.8 M $24.3 M
10. Fruitvale Station $4.6 M $6.3 M

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7:54AM on 07/29/2013
Berserker Barrageeee!
Berserker Barrageeee!
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7:53AM on 07/29/2013
Berserker Barrageeee!
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7:29AM on 07/29/2013
Was really happy with The Wolverine. While not fully true to the comic book, the changes were nice touches and Mangold's direction was solid throughout. Hugh Jackman was perfect as Logan as always and the after credits scene will make every X-fan happy.
Was really happy with The Wolverine. While not fully true to the comic book, the changes were nice touches and Mangold's direction was solid throughout. Hugh Jackman was perfect as Logan as always and the after credits scene will make every X-fan happy.
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3:00AM on 07/29/2013
If you would have told me earlier this year that the three top movies in the top 10 with the most money on the last boxoffice report of July was going to be Dispicable Me 2, Grown Ups 2, and The Heat... I would have asked you to kill me.
If you would have told me earlier this year that the three top movies in the top 10 with the most money on the last boxoffice report of July was going to be Dispicable Me 2, Grown Ups 2, and The Heat... I would have asked you to kill me.
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3:05AM on 07/29/2013
P.S - The Wolverine was awesome, best comic book film of 2013 so far! We need this to do well so Fox will continue putting out X-films on this level quality of production, story and charachters aside, it was a very impressive production for Fox, seemed much larger in scope than any of the other X-Films. And I want too see more of that!
P.S - The Wolverine was awesome, best comic book film of 2013 so far! We need this to do well so Fox will continue putting out X-films on this level quality of production, story and charachters aside, it was a very impressive production for Fox, seemed much larger in scope than any of the other X-Films. And I want too see more of that!
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10:28PM on 07/28/2013
you know what, lets take it as this, enjoy the film for what it is, i did. there are some things i didnt enjoy about it, but it turned out better than the last wolverine movie. i would like to see this uncut version i heard about.
you know what, lets take it as this, enjoy the film for what it is, i did. there are some things i didnt enjoy about it, but it turned out better than the last wolverine movie. i would like to see this uncut version i heard about.
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10:20PM on 07/28/2013

Way to go, Logan!

Glad to see The Wolverine making some good money. It's an awesome movie and one that I'll be watching a couple more times at least, in the cinema.
Glad to see The Wolverine making some good money. It's an awesome movie and one that I'll be watching a couple more times at least, in the cinema.
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9:55PM on 07/28/2013

Loved Wolvie

I feel like Wolverine was the best X movie thus far. It captured the essence of Logan and didn't turn out to be a family fun affair! Love it.
I feel like Wolverine was the best X movie thus far. It captured the essence of Logan and didn't turn out to be a family fun affair! Love it.
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9:53PM on 07/28/2013

Loved Wolvie

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9:12PM on 07/28/2013

Wolverine was great!

Wolverine was a great fun movie, but yeah, it suffered from its PG-13 rating.. lots of bloodless death and lots of off-screen violence. But it was still a fun movie. But it didn't get it's own mobile game, like Iron Man 3, Fast And Furious 6, Man Of Steel.. even the Minions got their mobile game.. We need a Wolverine Rush or a Candy Crush Wolverine.. Bad move from Fox marketing department :P
Wolverine was a great fun movie, but yeah, it suffered from its PG-13 rating.. lots of bloodless death and lots of off-screen violence. But it was still a fun movie. But it didn't get it's own mobile game, like Iron Man 3, Fast And Furious 6, Man Of Steel.. even the Minions got their mobile game.. We need a Wolverine Rush or a Candy Crush Wolverine.. Bad move from Fox marketing department :P
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7:33PM on 07/28/2013
I'm glad Pacific Rim is doing well internationally. It's everything a summer blockbuster should be. Can't say I'm too torn up about how poorly R.I.P.D. is doing though. And the Wolverine was a whole bunch better than I'd been led to believe, I had a fun time with it (though my Dad said it reminded him too much of Asian soap operas, what with the bickering over a dying patriach's inheritance).
I'm glad Pacific Rim is doing well internationally. It's everything a summer blockbuster should be. Can't say I'm too torn up about how poorly R.I.P.D. is doing though. And the Wolverine was a whole bunch better than I'd been led to believe, I had a fun time with it (though my Dad said it reminded him too much of Asian soap operas, what with the bickering over a dying patriach's inheritance).
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7:27PM on 07/28/2013

underwhelming

55 mil with 3d prices? That's not too good. Can't help but wonder what wouldve happened had they released the bloodier, more violent r-rated version. The character looks to need something fresh to attract audiences.
55 mil with 3d prices? That's not too good. Can't help but wonder what wouldve happened had they released the bloodier, more violent r-rated version. The character looks to need something fresh to attract audiences.
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7:13PM on 07/28/2013

Fantastic Showing For My #1 Gay Actor

Cheers to Jackman, he's really great at what he does. He's easily my favorite gay actor working today.
Cheers to Jackman, he's really great at what he does. He's easily my favorite gay actor working today.
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7:19PM on 07/28/2013
You're joking? Right? He's married to a woman. He has two kids. Not gay.
You're joking? Right? He's married to a woman. He has two kids. Not gay.
11:43PM on 07/28/2013
He sings like a canary and his wife looks like a British nanny. She's an obvious beard.
He sings like a canary and his wife looks like a British nanny. She's an obvious beard.
1:11PM on 07/29/2013
Are you fucking serious? The homophobia and intense stereotyping here is overwhelming. Wait, I bet next you'll reply saying it's not homophobic or generalizing (or making an asinine, uninformed remark) because you're a "fan" of his and that's it's "positive".
If Jackman is homosexual, that's his business. He and his wife have been together for well over a decade, and seem quite happy.
"He sings like a british canary..."
so all men who sing or are involved in the theatre are gay? When will
Are you fucking serious? The homophobia and intense stereotyping here is overwhelming. Wait, I bet next you'll reply saying it's not homophobic or generalizing (or making an asinine, uninformed remark) because you're a "fan" of his and that's it's "positive".
If Jackman is homosexual, that's his business. He and his wife have been together for well over a decade, and seem quite happy.
"He sings like a british canary..."
so all men who sing or are involved in the theatre are gay? When will you graduate from High School?
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7:07PM on 07/28/2013

another pathetic showing

for pacific Rim, when you a re 60 million behind "The Heat" you know you have made one massive stink bomb!! That's 200 million no one will be getting back
for pacific Rim, when you a re 60 million behind "The Heat" you know you have made one massive stink bomb!! That's 200 million no one will be getting back
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7:43PM on 07/28/2013
The movie has made $224,026,000 worldwide and The Heat has made $169,845,000. It may not have done so good in the US but it banked overseas.
The movie has made $224,026,000 worldwide and The Heat has made $169,845,000. It may not have done so good in the US but it banked overseas.
8:25PM on 07/28/2013
Too bad the Heat cost 1/4 of Pacific Rim. It isn't an out and out bomb but if it ever turns a profit it will be years from now and just barely.
Too bad the Heat cost 1/4 of Pacific Rim. It isn't an out and out bomb but if it ever turns a profit it will be years from now and just barely.
10:20PM on 07/28/2013
Pacific Rim still has to open in China, Japan, and Brazil as well. At least one person knows what they are talking about, you other two really have no idea.
Pacific Rim still has to open in China, Japan, and Brazil as well. At least one person knows what they are talking about, you other two really have no idea.
11:05PM on 07/28/2013
It amazes me that people think if a movie doesn't triple its budget, then its a bomb. Yeah, The Heat did cost less to make but to say that Pacific Rim will take years before it turns a profit is ridiculous and false. I don't want to keep throwing numbers out but the movie cost roughly $190 million and like I said in my post, it has already banked 224 Million. Plus what Thunderstorm said, It still hasn't opened in Japan, China and Brazil. Just stating the facts.
It amazes me that people think if a movie doesn't triple its budget, then its a bomb. Yeah, The Heat did cost less to make but to say that Pacific Rim will take years before it turns a profit is ridiculous and false. I don't want to keep throwing numbers out but the movie cost roughly $190 million and like I said in my post, it has already banked 224 Million. Plus what Thunderstorm said, It still hasn't opened in Japan, China and Brazil. Just stating the facts.
6:23AM on 07/29/2013
and Japan is where its expected to catch fire. i mean, its the birthplace of kaiju films, so it may get a warm reception. Look at the box office gross of the Evangelion films there lately. Recordsetting!
and Japan is where its expected to catch fire. i mean, its the birthplace of kaiju films, so it may get a warm reception. Look at the box office gross of the Evangelion films there lately. Recordsetting!
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5:51PM on 07/28/2013
I really like Reynolds and am disappointed his films don't seem to do well. He's like Chris Evans of a few years ago. Someone needs to star in a Marvel film made by Marvel me thinks...pretty quickly.
I really like Reynolds and am disappointed his films don't seem to do well. He's like Chris Evans of a few years ago. Someone needs to star in a Marvel film made by Marvel me thinks...pretty quickly.
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5:25PM on 07/28/2013
Glad to see The Wolverine at number one. It has become my favorite X-Men film and was a nice change of pace from the other superhero films we got this summer. I loved the whole grounded feel to it and how the threat wasn't Wolverine saving the world. And I thought the secret scene was a great setup for Days of Future Past.

Still trying to see The Way Way Back and Only God Forgives. Hopefully I get a chance to in the next week or so.
Glad to see The Wolverine at number one. It has become my favorite X-Men film and was a nice change of pace from the other superhero films we got this summer. I loved the whole grounded feel to it and how the threat wasn't Wolverine saving the world. And I thought the secret scene was a great setup for Days of Future Past.

Still trying to see The Way Way Back and Only God Forgives. Hopefully I get a chance to in the next week or so.
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7:12PM on 07/28/2013
Only God Forgives was fucking awful.
Only God Forgives was fucking awful.
9:51PM on 07/28/2013
Soloist, if you know someone who has an Apple TV, it's available on On Demand. It's pretty solid.
Soloist, if you know someone who has an Apple TV, it's available on On Demand. It's pretty solid.
10:50PM on 07/28/2013
Don't bother with Only God Forgives. So glad I didn't pay money to see it.
Don't bother with Only God Forgives. So glad I didn't pay money to see it.
4:08AM on 07/29/2013
You posted last week you had watched only god forgives!!!

And something tells me that someone that claims the hangover is one of their favorite films will not enjoy only god forgives.
You posted last week you had watched only god forgives!!!

And something tells me that someone that claims the hangover is one of their favorite films will not enjoy only god forgives.
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4:20PM on 07/28/2013
How many more flops can Ryan Reynolds take. The Change Up, Green Lantern, Turbo and RIPD
How many more flops can Ryan Reynolds take. The Change Up, Green Lantern, Turbo and RIPD
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5:16PM on 07/28/2013
I don't think Change Up was a flop. I think it made its money back and was very well reviewed.

Green Lantern wasn't a flop. It just didn't surpass the high expectation everyone had for it. I think it made its money back worldwide at least.
I don't think Change Up was a flop. I think it made its money back and was very well reviewed.

Green Lantern wasn't a flop. It just didn't surpass the high expectation everyone had for it. I think it made its money back worldwide at least.
5:37PM on 07/28/2013
Idk the production budget was 200 million with it barely making 220 W.W and that's without counting marketing costs too. and The Change Up has a 25 percent ratings
Idk the production budget was 200 million with it barely making 220 W.W and that's without counting marketing costs too. and The Change Up has a 25 percent ratings
3:45PM on 07/28/2013
I'm going to have to say this again just because I enjoyed Wolverine so much. Good to see the Wolverine on top. It IS the underdog of superhero movies this year, but also the best one.
I'm going to have to say this again just because I enjoyed Wolverine so much. Good to see the Wolverine on top. It IS the underdog of superhero movies this year, but also the best one.
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3:59PM on 07/28/2013
It's definitely NOT the underdog movie. An underdog movie was Iron Man 1 when it first came out. Being an extremely popular character played by an extremely popular actor is pretty much the opposite of underdog.

The Wolverine is much more like an Ex that's trying to get back into your life lol.
It's definitely NOT the underdog movie. An underdog movie was Iron Man 1 when it first came out. Being an extremely popular character played by an extremely popular actor is pretty much the opposite of underdog.

The Wolverine is much more like an Ex that's trying to get back into your life lol.
2:35AM on 07/29/2013
What I mean is that it's over-shadowed by other superhero films like Ironman 3 and Man of Steel. So compared to them, it is the underdog. Sorry if my statement wasn't clear. Oh, and the first Ironman was an underdog film.
What I mean is that it's over-shadowed by other superhero films like Ironman 3 and Man of Steel. So compared to them, it is the underdog. Sorry if my statement wasn't clear. Oh, and the first Ironman was an underdog film.
3:36PM on 07/28/2013
Saw The Way, Way Back. Very good and touching movie. I have a major problem with Steve Carrel's character being written in an inconsistent manner but aside from that, it was a great movie. I'll go see Wolverine sometime this week.
Saw The Way, Way Back. Very good and touching movie. I have a major problem with Steve Carrel's character being written in an inconsistent manner but aside from that, it was a great movie. I'll go see Wolverine sometime this week.
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3:32PM on 07/28/2013
I'm going to have to say this again just because I enjoyed Wolverine so much. Good to see the Wolverine on top. It IS the underdog of superhero movies this year, but also the best one.
I'm going to have to say this again just because I enjoyed Wolverine so much. Good to see the Wolverine on top. It IS the underdog of superhero movies this year, but also the best one.
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3:14PM on 07/28/2013
Pacific Rim may be doing shitty in the U.S. I wish it did much better however worldwide it has grossed 224 million and it still has to open in Japan, China, and Brazil all three fairly large markets and the first two being the type of audiences that will hopefully enjoy this movie. I'm hoping for enough for a sequel.

Good for Wolverine haven't seen it yet and probably will wait until blu ray to check it out, but the opening does seem a little soft although with a small budget it will be
Pacific Rim may be doing shitty in the U.S. I wish it did much better however worldwide it has grossed 224 million and it still has to open in Japan, China, and Brazil all three fairly large markets and the first two being the type of audiences that will hopefully enjoy this movie. I'm hoping for enough for a sequel.

Good for Wolverine haven't seen it yet and probably will wait until blu ray to check it out, but the opening does seem a little soft although with a small budget it will be fine. Who knows how this bodes for Days of Future Past next year that budget is going to have to be huge.
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12:11AM on 07/29/2013
They're already working on the script for Pacific Rim 2, so apparently they're not too worried about the box office numbers. Like you said though, it still has a couple big cash cows to open up to yet.

You should really see Wolverine...I'm torn between it and Pacific Rim being my favorite movie this year, so far.
They're already working on the script for Pacific Rim 2, so apparently they're not too worried about the box office numbers. Like you said though, it still has a couple big cash cows to open up to yet.

You should really see Wolverine...I'm torn between it and Pacific Rim being my favorite movie this year, so far.
2:53PM on 07/28/2013
Glad to see Wolverine doing well, and perhaps happier to see RIPD continuing to crater
Glad to see Wolverine doing well, and perhaps happier to see RIPD continuing to crater
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2:55PM on 07/28/2013
i love when i meet people that want bad things to happen. the fact you are happy the movie is bombing means you're just a jerk. why would you wish bad on something that cost a ton of money and might put people out of work? granted the movie probably does suck but i don't want people to lose jobs. you're a dick.
i love when i meet people that want bad things to happen. the fact you are happy the movie is bombing means you're just a jerk. why would you wish bad on something that cost a ton of money and might put people out of work? granted the movie probably does suck but i don't want people to lose jobs. you're a dick.
3:36PM on 07/28/2013
@ iamtheminn. Maybe they should lose their jobs. If you fail at what you've agreed to do then maybe you shouldn't do it anymore. I'm not going to cry for a producer or investor but their money (a lot of it) is lost and will have to be recouped through tax right offs and cancelling other projects that might have been better than what was clearly going to be a terrible film. And do you think the key grip or the assistant to the second director is going to lose their job? Probably not.
@ iamtheminn. Maybe they should lose their jobs. If you fail at what you've agreed to do then maybe you shouldn't do it anymore. I'm not going to cry for a producer or investor but their money (a lot of it) is lost and will have to be recouped through tax right offs and cancelling other projects that might have been better than what was clearly going to be a terrible film. And do you think the key grip or the assistant to the second director is going to lose their job? Probably not. Should the director or the writer, maybe.
5:14PM on 07/28/2013
Forgive me for disliking Hollywood for diluting, polluting, and making a disgrace of the film industry. How on Earth can people invest $200 million in a film so horrid, and have nobody at some point say, "Holy shit, this is awful, what can we do to fix this?" Or perhaps earlier on just can the whole thing together.

Hollywood has duped our society. So yes, maybe I am a jerk. But this film is made and done, so nobody is "losing a job."
Forgive me for disliking Hollywood for diluting, polluting, and making a disgrace of the film industry. How on Earth can people invest $200 million in a film so horrid, and have nobody at some point say, "Holy shit, this is awful, what can we do to fix this?" Or perhaps earlier on just can the whole thing together.

Hollywood has duped our society. So yes, maybe I am a jerk. But this film is made and done, so nobody is "losing a job."
6:17PM on 07/28/2013
Whoever is responsible for RIPD deserves to lose their job, as does their first born son.
Whoever is responsible for RIPD deserves to lose their job, as does their first born son.
9:55PM on 07/28/2013
RIPD looks like poop. The trailer was terrible, and Ryan Reynolds looks like he got trapped inside this crappy looking movie.
RIPD looks like poop. The trailer was terrible, and Ryan Reynolds looks like he got trapped inside this crappy looking movie.
2:44PM on 07/28/2013
Good to see the Wolverine on top. It IS the underdog of superhero movies this year, but also the best one.
Good to see the Wolverine on top. It IS the underdog of superhero movies this year, but also the best one.
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2:54PM on 07/28/2013
no. it sucked. i wanted to see it and when i did i shot a puppy. movie sucked.
no. it sucked. i wanted to see it and when i did i shot a puppy. movie sucked.
3:29PM on 07/28/2013
This is MY opinion. I respect that you didn't like it. Don't shoot puppies anymore sir.
This is MY opinion. I respect that you didn't like it. Don't shoot puppies anymore sir.
4:13PM on 07/28/2013
iamtheminn says it sucked so I think I'll change my opinion on the movie as well! (Even though it was much better than I'd expected and will get on Blu-ray day 1)
iamtheminn says it sucked so I think I'll change my opinion on the movie as well! (Even though it was much better than I'd expected and will get on Blu-ray day 1)
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