“The Wolverine” is set to dominate the U.S. and Canadian box office during the weekend of July 26, 2013, based on early ticket sales reported by Fandango. Although the movie’s official opening date is July 26, 2013, “The Wolverine” (from 20th Century Fox) began showing in late-night screenings on July 25, 2013.
“The Wolverine” stars Hugh Jackman as the title superhero character, which was first introduced in a movie in the 2000 blockbuster “X-Men.” In “The Wolverine,” the Wolverine finds himself in Japan, where he has to protect an enigmatic heiress from getting killed.
All of the previous “X-Men” related movies are available on demand, DVD, Blu-ray and digital download.
According to Fandango, “The Wolverine” is No. 1 movie that fans want to see this weekend, by scoring a sizable 91 out of 100 points on the company’s Fanticipation buzz indicator.
Fandango announced in a press release that “The Wolverine” had 51 percent of its advance sales on Fandango, and is outpacing the 2011 movie “X-Men: First Class” by 39 percent at the same point in that film’s sales cycle.
Based on a survey of more than 1,000 “Wolverine” ticket purchasers on Fandango:
- 91 percent have seen the previous “X-Men” and “Wolverine” movies.
- 73 percent would not want to see a “Wolverine” film without Hugh Jackman in the title role.
- 70 percent say the exotic setting has increased their interest in seeing the movie.
- 95 percent cannot wait to see the 2014 film “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
Meanwhile, “The Wolverine” has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics and movie audiences. At the movie website Rotten Tomatoes, “The Wolverine” has gotten a 67 percent approval rating from critics and an 80 percent approval rating from movie audiences.
“The Wolverine” is the only new movie opening wide (more than 2,000 theaters) in the U.S. and Canada during the weekend of July 26, 2013.
“The Conjuring,” the Warner Bros. Pictures horror movie that debuted at No. 1 in the previous weekend, is expected to drop down to No. 2 in the movie’s second weekend.
July 28, 2013 update: According to Box Office Mojo, “The Wolverine” debuted at No. 1 in U.S. and Canadian theaters, by taking in an estimated $55 million in tickets sales. “The Conjuring,” which was No. 1 in the previous week, was knocked down to No. 2, with $22.1 million in ticket sales. “Despicable Me” was No. 3 with $16 million.