“The Wolverine,” starring Hugh Jackman as Marvel Comics' sharp-clawed superhero, slashed its way to $55 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales to claim the box office crown in a summer that hasn't been kind to some other big-budget action films.
“The Wolverine,” which cost an estimated $120 million to make, stars Jackman in his sixth film as the ageless mutant, which is also featured in the “X-Men” movies. Those six films have generated $1.9 billion in worldwide ticket sales, according to the movie site Box Office Mojo.
The latest chapter was the lowest opening film in the “X-Men” franchise since the first film opened with $54.5 million in 2000, and fell far short of the $85 million take for the first Wolverine film, 2009's “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
Ticket site Fandango said the film grabbed 51 percent of advance sales, with 73 percent saying they would not want to see the film without Jackman in the lead role.