‘Wolverine’ Claws His Way to No. 1 Spot

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Thanks to Hugh Jackman’s star power and the continued popularity of The X-Men, Fox’s The Wolverine made it to the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office this weekend. The pic, which was directed by James Mangold brought in a solid $55 million in the States and a whopping $141.1 million worldwide. This marked the biggest international opening for an X-Men movie to date.

Meanwhile Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 held on to its No. 3 spot, with a $16 million weekend, a $306 million cume and a dazzling worldwide cume of $660.9 million. DreamWorks’ Turbo finished at No. 4 with a $13.3 million and a $55.7 cume in its second weekend at the U.S. box office. Here is a look at the complete top 10 movies at the box office:

1. The Wolverine 3D (20th Century Fox) weekend $55 million

2. The Conjuring (New Line/Warner Bros.) weekend $22.1 million ; cume $83.8 million

3. Despicable Me 2 3D (Illumination/Universal) weekend $16 million; cume $306.4 million

4. Turbo 3D (DreamWorks Animation/Fox) weekend: $13.3M; cume $55.7 million

5. Grown Ups 2 (Columbia/Sony) weekend $11.4M; cume $101.6 million

6. Red 2 (Summit/Lionsgate) weekend $9.1 million; cume $34.8 million

7. Pacific Rim 3D (Legendary/Warner Bros.) weekend $7.5 million; cume $84 million

8. The Heat (Twentieth Century Fox) weekend $6.8 million; cume $141.21 million

9. R.I.P.D. 3D (Universal) weekend $5.8 million; cume $24.3 million

10. Fruitvale Station (Weinstein) weekend $4.8 million; cume $6.2 million

While Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University has dropped out of the Top 10 list, there will be more animation competition of the blue variety this Wednesday (July 31) when Sony’s The Smurfs 2 hits the screens on July 31.

The Wolverine

The Wolverine