Twentieth Century Fox’s Wolverine tops the box office this weekend, opening to $55 million domestically and $86.1 million internationally for a worldwide total of $141.1 million, the strongest opening ever for an X-Men title.
Twentieth Century Fox’s Wolverine topped the box office this weekend, opening to $55 million domestically and $86.1 million internationally for a worldwide total of $141.1 million. The tentpole feature, which had a $120 million production budget, posted the strongest opening ever for an X-Men title.
Wolverine opened in first place in 100 countries, coming in 51 percent bigger than the first Wolverine and 51 percent bigger than last year's origins story, X-Men: First Class. Revenue from 3D screens represented 50 percent of the total.
In second place, New Line's low-budget horror film The Conjuring grossed $22.1 million over its sophomore weekend, pushing the film’s North American total to $83.9 million.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment's animated feature, Despicable Me 2, continued to rule the family market, taking in $16 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $55.8 million and a third place finish. Despicable 2 became only the sixth animated film to cross the $300 million mark in North America, ending Sunday with a total $306.4 million, the second-best showing of the year after Iron Man 3. The film’s worldwide gross is $660.9 million.
DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo took in $13.3 million over the weekend for a total of $55.8 million and a fourth place finish. Distributed by DWA partner Fox Animation, Turbo, directed by David Soren, cost $135 million to produce.
Adam Sandler ensemble comedy Grown Ups 2 came in fifth place, taking in $11.5 million for a domestic total of $101.7, and becoming the 14th Sandler film to cross $100 million.
Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment’s action feature Red 2, starring Bruce Willis, came in at number six, bringing in $9.4 million over its second weekend at the box office for a domestic total of $35.1 million.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Picture's big-budget feature Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, came in seventh place, taking in $7.5 million for a total of $84 million.
In eighth place, Fox's Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat brought in $6.9 million over the film’s fifth weekend at the box office for a domestic total of $141.2 million.
R.I.P.D., also from Universal, fell to ninth place at the box office with ticket sales of $5.9 million for a domestic total of $24.4 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Fruitvale Station, from The Weinstein Co., took in $4.7 million at the box office for a domestic total of $6.3 million. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Ryan Coogler, recounts the real-life shooting of an unarmed young black man by a BART police officer in Oakland.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.