'The thing about Wolverine," Hugh Jackman said with a smile, "is that he was such a landmark character in comics. And he's certainly been a landmark role for me. I owe that character a lot."
The Aussie actor was sitting in his office at Seed Productions on the Fox Studios lot, and on the wall was a framed piece of original artwork featuring Wolverine, the Marvel Comics lone-wolf mutant who stole the show in three "X-Men" films.
Jackman's Wolverine was a big part of why the numbers on those three films were larger than life - so large, in fact, that he gets his own film with the release today of " X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
Speaking of numbers, here's a breakdown of the important numbers in the genesis of the new movie:
181 The issue number of "The Incredible Hulk" that, in 1974, gave the world the first Marvel Comics story starring the mighty mutant Wolverine.
25 The cover price, in cents, of that 1974 issue.
1,600 The price, in dollars, to buy a near-mint copy of "Hulk" No. 181 today.
606, 611, 873 The domestic box office gross, in millions of dollars, of the three previous "X-Men" films.
1,000,000 A conservative estimate of how many Internet users downloaded an illegal copy of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" the first week after it was leaked.
90,000,000 The projected opening-weekend box-office total, in dollars, for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," according to moviegoer tracking survey data.
- Los Angeles Times