Not only is the movie rated R—which can sometimes damper the money it rakes in—but it will be facing stiff competition when Beauty and the Beast releases later in the month.
But, with a bit of encouragement from fellow mutant Deadpool, the Best There Is At What He Does is still primed for a huge opening weekend.
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With $65 million coming from a domestic haul, the estimates would place Logan as the second highest grossing Wolverine film, behind X-Men Origins which made $85 million in its opening weekend.
And with critical acclaim coming from all corners, it has the potential to do even better.
The same report states that the potential for China is a “wildcard,” noting that Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is currently doing well and the LEGO Batman Movie is set to open this weekend as well.
But X-Men movies tend to do well in the People’s Republic of China.
We’ll find out just how well when Logan opens worldwide this Friday.
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Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Doris Morgado (Maria), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice). James Mangold is directing and helped on the screenplay along with Scott Frank and Michael Green.
In 2024 the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins … In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are ageing, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over.