Weekend Box Office Report: 'The Wolverine' Slashes its Way to the Top

The Wolverine

While its weekend gross fell pretty far short of its projected range, the latest Marvel film made a respectable amount of money over the weekend—certainly enough to place it well ahead of the other two new releases (this is hardly an accomplishment, however, as one is an indie film and the other opened in just enough theaters to qualify as a wide release).

The Wolverine topped the charts over the weekend, earning $55 million. While most films are lucky to make that much on an opening weekend, this is around $20 million short of its predicted gross. It seems that, if the Marvel films want to continue enjoying humongous revenues, it should stick with the heroes from the Avengers story arc.

The Conjuring remained at the top of the holdover films, adding $22.1 million to its total of $83.8 million. After that came Despicable Me 2, which broke $300 million, earning $16 million for a colossal total of $306.4 million. Turbo came after that, earning $13.3 million for a total of $55.7 million. At the end of the procession of honorable mention holdovers came Grown Ups 2, which refuses to quit, earning $11.5 million for a total of $101.6 million.

Last week’s other two releases ended up far lower on the charts, owing to the small numbers of theaters they opened in: a href="http://www.movieswithbutter.com/movies/do-list" target="_blank">The To-Do List, which opened in only 591 theaters, earned $1.5 million, while Fruitvale Station, opening in wide release in 1064 theaters, earned $4.6 million for a total of $6.3 million (since it was previously in limited release).

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