Logan Claws Out an $85.3M Win

Adamantium on display as 'Moonlight' is rising
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 5, 2017 12:03 PM CST
This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, "Moonlight." The film won an Oscar for best picture on Feb. 26.    (David Bornfriend)
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(Newser) – The R-rated X-Men spinoff Logan slashed into the weekend box office, reports the AP, opening with a massive $85.3 million that surpassed expectations and ranks among the top March debuts ever. The 20th Century Fox release features Hugh Jackman in what he has hinted could be his final performance as Wolverine. Word of mouth got a boost from good reviews for the unusually dark and dramatic comic-book movie that—like Deadpool—further proves moviegoers' hunger for less conventional superhero films. "The movie is one of the truest movies to the source material in the comic book universe that’s ever been done," a rep for distributor 20th Century Fox tells Variety. "It’s so real, it’s so emotional, and it’s so visceral."

The Oscar best-picture winner Moonlight had its widest release yet, appearing on 1,564 screens. It turned in its biggest weekend, too, with an estimated $2.5 million. Last week's No. 1 film, Jordan Peele's horror sensation Get Out slid remarkably little, dropping to second place with $26.1 million. Rounding out the top five were The Shack with $16.1 million, The Lego Batman Movie with $11.6 million, and Before I Fall with $4.9 million. (Read more box office stories.)

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