Wolverine Shreds Box Office: $87 Million Opening Weekend

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

wolverine small Wolverine Shreds Box Office: $87 Million Opening WeekendThey call him Wolverine, and he’s the best at what he does, and what he does is shred the box office with berserker rage!  Okay, enough of the Wolverine analogies, but you can’t help but be impressed with the $87 million haul of X-Men Origins: Wolverine!

What a way to start off the summer–with the 2009 box office up over last year, people are still hungry for movies, even in this economy. Fox need not fret any more about the pirated version that leaked out, hurting the box office, because the Hugh Jackman-starrer proved that people love to see movies in the theaters.

But the one thing Wolverine’s healing factor and near-indestructible adamantium-laced skeleton can’t stop, and that’s the critical drubbing it’s receiving. It stands at an awful 37% rating over at RottenTomatoes.com, though Screen Rant’s owner and Editor-in-Chief Vic Holtreman gave it 3 out of 5 stars.  I’ve been reading online that it’s also getting fair-to-poor word-of-mouth ratings from viewers, and that has the potential to hurt the film in the coming weeks.

I’d say a Wolverine 2 is now extremely likely to get green lit (how about Bryan Singer directing?!), and other X-Men movies could see the green light, too, like X-men: First Class and X-Men Origins: Magneto and spinoffs for Deadpool and Gambit.

Add to that another May that’s over-stocked with movies, so something’s going to give and a movie will crash and burn.  Iron Man, which opened the same weekend last year, was able to stay invincible because it was a well-received film by fans and critics, while Speed Racer and The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian were both weak films that crashed and burned.

With Star TrekAngels and DemonsTerminator Salvation, and Disney/Pixar’s Up all coming out in the coming weeks, can Wolverine stay the positive box office course?  We’ll have to keep our eyes on it.  For now, X-Men Origins: Wolverine has started the summer off with a rip-roaring howl!

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  1. There all entertaining films Daniel F, I agree that X2 was the best. (By far) almost a perfect superhero film. Almost perfect except they killed off the Deathstrike.
    I was very bummed to see her go. :-(

  2. Yea I didn’t mind them killing her off so much because they sort of ruined her character anyway or umm I’m sorry I forgot she didn’t have a character. No back story for her no personality nothing she was just a plot device. However X2 was great because not only did it have great action scenes it was far more than a simplistic action film like the first one. There was emotion especially at the end if I wasn’t such an amazingly strong mainly man I would of cried … Cough cough. What?

  3. Backstory, who cares Deathstrike was hot!!!!! ;-)

  4. Backstory, who cares Deathstrike was hot!!!!! ;-)

  5. Regarding Star Trek… Movietickets.com sent me poll results indicating that 32% of the people who responded had NEVER seen a Star Trek movie.

    I’ll be very interested in how it does.


  6. Vic my gut is telling me that Star Trek is going to be huge…

  7. Meh I didn’t find her attractive and for me sex doesn’t sell I go to watch movies for their story depth and emotion I don’t care if it’s full of hot women or just ok looking ones.

    I think Star Trek will be successful, but I don’t see the box office of it blowing anyone away. I don’t see it crossing 250 mil let alone 300. It will be a very succesful film, but it’s not record breaker. I’m thinking right around the low 200′s maybe mid area.

  8. Haha, I don’t look toward the sex angle either, but Deathstrike was uncommonly hot for a mutant…

    She’s was the female alternative to Jackman in X2. For the guys,!!!

  9. I don’t agree with that at all. I didn’t even find her remotely attractive. Halle Berry , Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, and Rebecca Romijn were all more attractive in my opinion with out actually being all that hot.

  10. I’m disappointed to see this do so well. It was a dreadful movie and I even went in with low expectations and the mindset to give it every benefit of the doubt. They need to learn that we don’t want crap. Instead, we pay oodles to go watch just that. 37% is generous.

  11. It certainly wasn’t great, but I think your being way to hard on it Psyko. It’s was at least semi entertaining better than X3.

  12. @Psyko

    I always like to keep an eye on second weekend box office to see how word of mouth affects a film.


  13. The way i see it is this…if you know the actual origins,you will like it but not love it. If you don’t know that much about the origins of the several characters in the film,you’ll most likely love it. thats my short and sweet review.I, for one, was in between like and love because while i know the origins of most the characters in the fil. I was upset about all the flaws,yes,but there are so many storylines in the comics that people are forgetting that they can do the same in movies.i will be buying the movie when it comes out hopefully it will have a ton of extra features and deleted scenes of my favorite smartass:)

  14. I don’t agree necrotic. There are plenty of errors in the film that have nothing to do with the comics just simple film errors. The movie has a few narative problems some plot issues it goes it against it’s own continuity set up in it’s own films. If you don’t know anything about the origins or your able to distance your self from the comics when watching the movies you’ll think it’s ok however most people who want things to be closer to the comics are gonna hate it. If your just a plain action junkie who doesn’t care that much about depth or plot you’ll love it aside from a few CGI issues.

  15. This movie is great! Why are most people looking at the bad points? Remember, if you’re focusing on the bad points, that’s all you’re going to see.Focus on th good points, & you’ll see loads. All movies have ups & downs, so does this one. You can look at a half full glass in two ways; it is half full or it is half empty. How do you see it? Just my opinion. God bless & t.c.