With the effort that Hugh Jackson has gone to on the red carpet (jumping out of choppers, abseiling off buildings), you’d be hoping that X-Men Origins: Wolverine would do well at the box office. It looks like the film could do even better than expected though – it’s already predicted to become the year’s highest grosser this weekend.
Uncharacteristically for the movie industry, Twentieth Century Fox is staying humble, telling the Hollywood Reporter that they would consider a $70-million taking to be “acceptable”. However, in reality, a sum of $120-130 million is being speculated as the tally of the midnight screenings from 1,500 theatres on Friday morning comes in. X-Men: The Last Stand took in $122.9 million in its first weekend three years ago – so it’s still going to be a close call a to whether the prequel can maintain the franchise’s intrepid success.
The real question is whether Wolverine can beat Matthew McConaughey’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – we know who has the strength, but who has the box office stamina?