Logan Claws To The Top Of The Box Office
The X-Men spinoff Logan – starring Hugh Jackman as the metal-clawed, mutant anti-hero Wolverine -dominated North American box offices this weekend with a whopping take of $85.3m in its debut, according to industry estimates released Sunday.
Aimed at a more adult audience, it is the first R-rated outing in the X-Men franchise, which began in 2000 and has so far clocked up $4.4bn in box office revenue.
It is more of a blood-spattered dystopian road movie than a traditional superhero film, and follows Wolverine/Logan as he undertakes one final mission: to protect a young girl who has powers remarkably like his own and is being pursued by dark forces.
Dropping from first to second was Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror film Get Out, with $26.1m, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Peele’s feature directorial debut — the actor is half of the comedy duo Key and Peele – follows a young African American (Daniel Kaluuya) who is so nervous about meeting the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams), he fails to realize the menace lurking at their mansion.
The movie cost under $5m to produce and has taken in $85.3m on opening weekend.