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"Wolverine" Gets A $35M Opening Day

By Garth Franklin Saturday May 2nd 2009 01:28AM

UPDATE (5/3): "Wolverine" pulled in a total of $87 million and stellar $21,225 across 4,100 screens for the weekend. "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" came in second with $15.3 million. In overseas markets, where superhero films always do notably less, it pulled in an astonishing $73 million.

ORIGINAL (5/2): Kicking off the Summer in style, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" has nabbed an estimated $34.75 million in cool cash on opening day, including $5 million in midnight previews reports Big Hollywood.

The fear of the swine flu pandemic, a highly reported about online leak of a work print of the film, and reviews varying from mixed to scathing seem to have done nothing to hamper audiences turning out in droves for the clawed mutant.

The number is only slightly down on last Summer's far better reviewed "Iron Man" which scored $38.5 million on opening day (including previews), and "X-Men: The Last Stand" which had a Memorial Day holiday opening day of $45 million.

Estimates for the weekend now hang somewhere in the $80-90 million range. Its main challenger, the Matthew McConaughey/Jennifer Garner rom-com "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past", took in $6 million on Friday and will likely end up with around $15-16 million for the weekend.

"Wolverine" reviews were generally negative, some took notable exception whereas most seem to admire certain aspects (certain performances, bits of the action) rather than the whole.

On Rotten Tomatoes the film landed a 38% positive Tomato-meter ranking and a more telling 5.1/10 average score.

As a comparison with the average scores of other comic book adaptations on the site, the film came 31st out of the 47 titles listed below:

The Dark Knight: 8.5/10
Spider-Man 2: 8.3/10
Superman (1978): 8.0/10

Batman Begins: 7.7/10
Iron Man: 7.6/10
Spider-Man: 7.6/10
X-Men 2: 7.4/10
Superman II: 7.4/10
Sin City: 7.4/10
Hellboy II - The Golden Army: 7.2/10
Superman Returns: 7.1/10

X-Men: 6.9/10
V for Vendetta: 6.8/10
Hellboy: 6.7/10
Wanted: 6.6/10
Batman Returns: 6.5/10
Batman (1989): 6.5/10
The Incredible Hulk: 6.2/10
Watchmen: 6.2/10
Hulk (2003): 6.2/10
Spider-Man 3: 6.1/10
300: 6.1/10

Blade 2: 5.9/10
X-Men - The Last Stand: 5.9/10
From Hell: 5.8/10
Blade: 5.7/10
30 Days of Night: 5.6/10
Constantine: 5.5/10
Batman Forever: 5.2/10
Daredevil: 5.2/10
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE - 5.1/10

Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer: 4.7/10
The Shadow: 4.5/10
Punisher (2004): 4.5/10
Blade Trinity: 4.5/10
Fantastic Four: 4.5/10
Superman III: 4.4/10
Ghost Rider: 4.3/10
Punisher - War Zone: 4.3/10
Spawn: 4.2/10
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 4.0/10

Elektra: 3.7/10
Judge Dredd: 3.5/10
Batman and Robin: 3.5/10
The Spirit: 3.5/10
Catwoman: 3.1/10
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace: 3.0/10

On Metacritic the results are about the same - coming 26th out of 38 comic book related films:

Spider-Man 2: 83
The Dark Knight: 82

Iron Man: 79
Hellboy II: The Golden Army: 78
Sin City: 74
Spider-Man: 73
Hellboy: 72
Superman Returns: 72
Batman Begins: 70

X-Men 2: X-Men United: 68
X-Men: 64
Wanted: 64
V for Vendetta: 62
The Incredible Hulk: 61

Spider-Man 3: 59
X-Men - The Last Stand: 58
Watchmen: 56
Hulk (2003): 54
From Hell: 54
30 Days of Night: 53
Blade 2: 52
Batman Forever: 51
300: 51
Constantine: 50

Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer: 45
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE: 42
Daredevil: 42
Fantastic Four: 40

Blade Trinity: 38
Ghost Rider: 35
Spawn: 34
Elektra: 34
The Punisher (2004): 33
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 30
Punisher: War Zone: 30
The Spirit: 30

Batman & Robin: 28
Catwoman: 27

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