Despite that being leaked to the internet a month ago, horrible reviews, and swine flu, X Men Origins: Wolverine somehow made $87 million this weekend and is officially not a failure (though I suspect it will drop off intensely next weekend and struggle to hit the $200 million+ the last two X-Men movies made).
The only actual record BoxOfficeMojo is reporting the film broke is this year’s highest opening gross (which could be shattered quite quickly by either Star Trek, Angels & Demons or Terminator: Salvation), but I’ll offer another:
Wolverine is the largest opening ever for a film featuring a Canadian main character (and I’m not sure which film previously held that record… 1995’s French Kiss when Meg Ryan was a Canadian?). And unless that Sandra Bullock immigration rom com The Proposal is an insanely unexpected hit, its possible it could hold said record for some time.
A.O. Scott hilariously pointed out Wolverine’s national origin in his New York Times review Friday (a fact I’ll geekily admit I have been aware of for some time):
In the crowded pantheon of comic-book-derived movie-franchise superheroes, Wolverine, as embodied by the muscular Australian song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman, always seemed kind of special. A grouchy, sensitive loner with retractable metal claws and apparently unretractable facial hair, Wolverine brooded and growled through the first three “X-Men” pictures, helping to supply them (or at least the first two) with welcome grace notes of rough humor and macho pathos. And now “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” with its ungainly, geeky title and its relatively trim (under-two-hour) running time, helps explain just what makes this guy so intriguing and unusual.
And on a useless-information-tidbit aside, the film co-stars Ryan Reynolds (who is also in The Proposal. Way to represent, Ryan!) and Taylor Kitsch, both Canadian.