Box Office: ‘Logan’ Scores Biggest R-Rated March Opening with $85M

"Logan" (2017) - Box Office

‘Logan’ Tops Decade-Old ‘300’ Record

For one last time, Hugh Jackman played the iconic superhero, Wolverine. That alone was a selling point that catapulted Logan to top spot this weekend with an estimated $85.3 million.

For years, studios tried to avoid the R-rating for much higher box office numbers. With Deadpool ($132.4 million) last year and now Logan, it’s safe to say that studios don’t need to soften films strictly for box office purposes. Audiences wanted a take-no-prisoners finale and that’s exactly what they received this weekend. Between universal acclaim on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- grade on CinemaScore, audiences were clearly satisfied with this sendoff. Additionally, Logan outperformed X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.1 million) and The Wolverine ($53.1 million). And hanging with the likes of Deadpool, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X2: X-Men United, Logan could go north of $200 million domestically.

After shocking pundits and audiences last weekend, Get Out struck again with another $26.1 million in the bank. The Jordan Peele horror film dipped a mere 21.8% from last weekend. That type of hold is rare for the genre. Then again with a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, Get Out isn’t your typical horror film. Between Split and now Get Out, the 2017 box office has already been shaken up without the typical sequel fare. If Get Out continues to hold in the coming weeks, we could be looking at a finish around $140 million. Success all around.

Debuting in third place is the faith-based film, The Shack with $16.1 million. The Lionsgate and Summit collaboration is further proof that faith-based films continue to perform rather well when released in February, March or April. While critics panned the film, audiences were the complete opposite of the spectrum. On CinemaScore, audiences gave The Shack an A. Word-of-mouth can easily push the Sam Worthington film over $50 million by the end of its run. That would be a first for Worthington as a lead outside of franchises.

Down two spots from last weekend, Warner Bros.’ animated hit The Lego Batman Movie pulled in another $11.7 million. The animated spin-off dropped a decent 39.3% from last weekend. While $170 million is still in play, Batman continues to drop harder than early year sensations such as The Lego Movie and Zootopia. With Beauty and the Beast due out in less than two weeks, Batman needs to pull in all it can from the family audiences.

Rounding out the charts this weekend is Open Road Film’s Before I Fall. The Zoey Deutch drama brought in $4.9 million over the weekend. In a crowded frame, finishing in fifth place isn’t too bad for the film. Critics were generally receptive, while audience gave it a mediocre B grade on CinemaScore. With Kong: Skull Island due out this Friday, expect Before I Fall’s days on top charts to be numbered.

Both Logan and The Shack soared beyond my Friday projection. Before I Fall ended up slightly lower than expected.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Logan (NR)
$85.3 million / $85.3 million total

#2 – Get Out (1)
$26.1 million / $76.0 million total

#3 – The Shack (NR)
$16.1 million / $16.1 million total

#4 – The Lego Batman Movie (2)
$11.7 million / $148.6 million total

#5 – Before I Fall (NR)
$4.9 million / $4.9 million total

Opening Next Week: Kong: Skull Island

Source: Box Office Mojo

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