Thanks to Logan, the summer/superhero movie season is officially in full swing. While offerings from DC and Marvel Studios are still months away, the Fox film set a high bar for the other comic book contenders this year. Not only is it being hailed by critics as one of the genre’s best, but it’s winning over audiences worldwide. Thanks to a somber, relatively standalone take on the solitary mutant, the film is a rare entry into both the X-Men franchise and the genre of superhero movies.
For now, marketing continues to roll out as the film has only just entered its third week in theaters. Thanks to the push, fans have been given several looks behind-the-scenes of the film. Following a set photo and some concept art teasing a different look for the hero, it was also learned that Hugh Jackman wanted a very different ending, before director James Mangold persuaded him that the bittersweet finale was the right choice for the film.
It all seems to be paying off, as the money continues to roll in. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie has now garnered $184 million domestically and another $339 million internationally. With a grand total of $523 million as of yesterday, the film is already the best performing solo Wolverine film. While it sits in the middle for the overall X-Men franchise, it still has a ways to go before it bows out of theaters.
Of course, one thing that will inevitably prevent the film from making too much money is its R rating. By excluding a vast swathe of X-Men fans, the film will only be able to do so well before it lands on home video. Still, Deadpool currently holds the top spot for the franchise, even when you adjust for inflation. Logan may catch up over the next few weeks, but films like Power Rangers and Ghost in the Shell are likely to continue taking bites out of its overall share of the box office.
Meanwhile, attention is now turning toward the eventual home video release of the film, which will feature a black-and-white cut of the movie. That more arty approach to filmmaking is another reason Logan likely won’t top Deadpool, which had a much more broad appeal thanks to its raunchy comedic tone. It was also recently discovered that a scene mentioning Jean Grey might show up on the Blu-ray, so expect more deleted scenes as well.
Source: Box Office Mojo