By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox, Variety
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Though X-Men Origins: Wolverine couldn't stand up to the critics, the film, taking advantage of an already-strong franchise and fanbase, enjoyed a Blob-strength opening weekend. Taking in an estimated $87 million, the film has quickly become the best non-holiday bow for 20th Century Fox.
Box Office Report: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Wolverine also did excellent overseas. The prequel grossed $73 million from 101 territories to bring its worldwide opening to exactly $160 million. The film did so well globally that it represents the best opening ever in plenty of those international markets.
Though strong, the film still couldn't stand up to X-Men: The Last Stand's $102 million opening over Memorial Day weekend back in 2006. In all fairness, Wolverine is the better of the two pictures and, if it did have a holiday to open on, it might have achieved similar domestic numbers.
20th Century Fox has to be relieved to have already made back the film's reported $150 million budget. With Star Trek coming this upcoming weekend, Wolverine's box office glory won't last long.