While not quite the phenomenal arrival that Deadpool witnessed in 2016, 20th Century Fox’s Logan had the biggest ever R-rated March opening this weekend with an $85.3m domestic total.
The biggest March opening of all time belongs to last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166m), but Logan smashed the record held by another Zack Snyder film: 300 was previously the biggest R-rated March release with $70m.
Logan took an impressive $33m on Friday (including Thursday previews of $9.5m) and ultimately surpassed the 2009 opening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.1m). However, it failed to beat the openings of Days of Future Past, The Last Stand or X2.
Logan additionally grossed $152.5m internationally in 81 markets: this if Fox’s third biggest international opening after Days of Future Past and Avatar. It went to #1 in China (a partially-edited cut), the UK, South Korea, Brazil and Russia.
In some ways, it’s peculiar that a Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman- one of the biggest stars in the world- that’s notably rated R and has received critical acclaim was so far off Deadpool‘s $132m a year ago: a film with a similar R rating, but without Jackman and featuring an unestablished character. Apparently, comedy is what the people want!