X-Men Origins: Wolverine has been plagued by both pirates and swine flu. Many wondered in the movie might be cursed. Well, if there was a X-Men Origins: Wolverine curse, then the curse appears to have been lifted. On Friday, May 1, X-Men Origins: Wolverine had thirty-five million reasons to believe the film’s spell of bad luck is over. By most estimates, X-Men Origins: Wolverine opened to a $35 million box office on Friday, boosted by strong midnight showings on Thursday night. While the opening day didn’t break any records, it was a very solid opening day in the face of swine flu concerns that might have led some in affected states to avoid crowded movie studios. Based on the opening day totals, X-Men Origins: Wolverine should be on pace for somewhere in the neighborhood of a $80 Million opening weekend. The movie will likely not match Iron Man’s nearly $100 Million opening weekend from last year, but Iron Man did not open in the face of a potential pandemic. How X-Men Origins: Wolverine ultimately plays out at the box office over the next couple of weeks is yet to be seen. Iron Man was boosted by great reviews and a breakout performance by Robert Downey, Jr. X-Men Origins: Wolverine has opened to mixed reviews, but the movie seems to have generated enough buzz to launch what looks to be the latest successful Marvel Comics movie franchise.