Hungry for a good conversation? Join our Facebook group "Let's Eat, South Florida" where our readers and writers share tips about restaurants, recipes and more.

'Logan' claws its way to the top of box office charts

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Logan” may be Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal of iconic X-Men character Wolverine, but the man with the adamantium claws isn’t going out without a fight.

The film earned an estimated $85.3 million from Friday to Monday, obliterating its box office competition and relegating Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror film “Get Out” to second place despite earning $26.1 million, just a 22% drop from opening weekend.

Directed by James Mangold, “Logan” adapts the “Old Man Logan” comic, following an aged Wolverine and ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) as they cross paths with a young mutant who will change their lives.

The R-rated film’s take is the biggest opening weekend of 2017 and the fourth-best R-rated debut of all time.

According to the studio, the key to the film’s success comes in the execution of its vision, blending the visceral with the personal.

“[Mangold] and [Jackman] came in long ago and pitched their version of the film, that was definitely going to be R-rated, that it was going to be a very personal story and that's exactly the movie that we have,” said Chris Aronson, head of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox. “I think they did a beautiful job of telling that story, and both critics and audiences have responded.”

In addition to its domestic earnings, “Logan” earned an estimated $152.5 million internationally, according to the studio, bringing the film’s worldwide opening weekend estimate to $237.8 million.

The big weekend for “Logan” comes despite the film’s relatively modest superhero budget, a mere $97 million, not including marketing costs. In comparison, 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” was budgeted at $178 million and made just $79.8 million in its four-day Memorial Day weekend debut.

Lionsgate’s “The Shack” outpaced expectations to bring in an estimated $16.1 million in its opening weekend, good enough for third at the box office. An adaptation of the Christian novel of the same name, it stars Sam Worthington as a man who meets three iterations of God after the death of his daughter.

Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Batman Movie” landed at No. 4 for the weekend, with the animated comedy adding $11.6 million to its four week haul, bringing its domestic cumulative take to $148.6 million.

The weekend’s other new release, Open Road’s teen drama “Before I Fall,” rounded out the top five, earning about $4.9 million for its eponymous adaptation of the novel about a girl (Zoey Deutch) repeatedly forced to relive the final day of her life.

Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” landed at No. 6 in its fourth week of release. Keanu Reeves’ quietly competent killer brought in $4.7 million for a total of $82.8 million.

The Oscars continue to drive audiences to the theaters.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Hidden Figures,” a film centered around the black women mathematicians working at NASA in the 1960’s, finished in seventh place with $3.8 for the weekend and $158.7 million domestically. Lionsgate’s hit Hollywood musical “La La Land” may have lost best picture, but took in $2.9 million for 10th place and $145.6 million overall.

“Moonlight,” the Academy Award winner for feature film, expanded its theatrical run to more than 1,500 screens for its highest-grossing weekend to date, earning $2.5 million. The film has earned more than $25 million at the box office, despite a production budget of only $1.5 million.


Hugh Jackman's last Wolverine movie, 'Logan,' is going to shred its box-office competition

'Get Out' tops box office with huge $30.5 million in ticket sales

The force that is Zoey Deutch: Ambitious, curious and hater of the term 'it' girl


10:25 a.m.: This story has been updated with comments from Chris Aronson and with more details about “Logan.”

This story was originally published at 9 a.m.

Copyright © 2018, South Florida