Monday, March 6, 2017

No Stopping "Logan" From Dominating

Marvel is lording it over their corporate rival DC after their movie "Logan" took in more than US$ 33million at the box office on opening last 3 March, according to Variety.

The Wolverine film's three day estimate has been bumped up to US$ 80 million, which will well eclipse "The Lego Batman" Movie's US$ 53 million launch, making it the biggest film of 2017 so far.

Showing in 4,071 theatres nationwide, it is also the widest ever domestic opening for an R-rated film in the U.S.

The film sees Hugh Jackman return as the antihero mutant for the ninth - and final time - in over the 17 year film franchise.

Jackman, 48, had agreed with director James Mangold that if he was going to reprise his iconic role as the cigar-chomping loner one last time, it should be the first R-rated outing in the X-Men franchise aimed at a more adult audience.

"Hugh and I didn't want to do it if we couldn't do something very different," Mangold said at a preview in Los Angeles of Twentieth Century Fox's 2017 slate.

"We both felt like we had made the last movie and we also felt like ... there's a slew of comic book themed films, superhero movies - whatever you want to call them - and I, for one, am feeling kind of an exhaustion watching them, generally."

"Logan," which takes place more than 50 years after the events of 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," sees Logan aging, weary, vulnerable and hiding from the world - until he crosses paths mysterious young female mutant with powers similar to his own played by Spanish newcomer Dafne Keen.

It also stars Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant, as well as Patrick Stewart for a seventh and final time as Professor X.

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