Weekend Box Office: 'The Wolverine' Takes No. 1, 'The Conjuring' Holds Strong at 2
(From 20th Century Fox | New Line CInema)The Wolverine slashed its way to the top of the box office this weekend, taking a weaker-than-expected $55 million domestically, but winning big internationally with an additional $86.1 million. That counts as a success for director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman, who are looking to good word of mouth for the movie's sustained success. Unlike its 2009 predecessor, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine won mostly favorable reviews, and an A- Cinemascore. Unfortunately the movie's domestic take is far less than Origins' opening weekend of $85 million.
In second place, The Conjuring is enjoying sustained box office success thanks to excellent word of mouth. It brought in $22.1 million over the weekend to move up to $83.9 million total, making it the highest grossing horror movie so far this year.
Despicable Me 2 crossed the $300 million mark, making it the second highest grossing movie of the year, right behind Iron Man 3. Internationally, the animated hit has more than doubled its domestic gross with an extra $354.5 million.
In ninth place, R.I.P.D. continues what is sure to be a quick descent into box office infamy. With Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges playing cops who protect the living from the dead, the movie already feels like the punchline to a late night joke.
In smaller releases, Fruitvale Station, the indie drama based on the real-life shooting of Oscar Grant, brought in $4.7 million to eke its way into the top 10. It brought in an average of $4,377 for each of the 1,030 theaters where it was shown. Check out the rest of the top 10 below.
|1. The Wolverine
|2. The Conjuring
|3. Despicable Me 2
|5. Grown Ups 2||$11.5M||$101.7M|
|6. Red 2
|7. Pacific Rim
|8. The Heat||$6.9M||$141.2M|
|10. Fruitvale Station||$4.7M||$6.3M|