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Tuesday May 5, 2009 12:27 am

Box Office Breakdown: Wolverine Claws Its Way to the Top


Despite a growing list of hurdles (leaked footage, swine flu, mediocre reviews), proved it was a force to be reckoned with last weekend. Although it failed to surpass X-Men: The Last Stand (that 2006 entry debuted at $122.9 million), the Fox feature trounced the competition with an $85.1 million open. In other words, Wolverine earned over $20 million more than the other Top Ten entries…combined.

Sitting far back in second place was , Matthew McConaughey’s attempt to bring a little muscle into the box office. The romantic comedy, costarring Jennifer Garner, grossed $15.4 million on the weekend before Mother’s Day. (That’s less than a million more than what Made of Honor pulled in at this same time last year.) Meanwhile, last Friday’s only other wide release, Battle for Terra, raked in a disappointing $1.1 million for a 12th place finish.

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  1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 20th Century Fox, $85,058,003 (avg. $20,751)
  2. Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Warner Bros., $15,411,434 (avg. $4854)
  3. Obsessed, Sony, $12,052,151 (avg. $4794)
  4. 17 Again, Warner Bros., $6,361,358 (avg. $1954)
  5. Monsters vs. Aliens, Dreamworks, $5,803,429 (avg. $2210)
  6. The Soloist, Dreamworks, $5,654,558 (avg. $2781)
  7. Earth, Disney, $4,340,235 (avg. $2406)
  8. Hannah Montana: The Movie, Disney, $4,164,185 (avg. $1477)
  9. Fighting, Universal, $4,011,465 (avg. $1735)
  10. State of Play, Universal, $3,715,980 (avg. $1520)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)



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