BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ Claws Its Way Atop the Box Office with $87 Million

The superhero prequel kicks off the summer movie season in grand fashion.
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Weekend Box Office

1) X-Men Origins: Wolverine $87 million

2) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past $15.3 million

3) Obsessed $12.2 million

4) 17 Again $6.3 million

5) Monsters Vs. Aliens $5.8 million

6) The Soloist $5.6 million

7) Earth $4.18 million

8) Fighting $4.17 million

9) Hannah Montana: The Movie $4.07 million

10) State of Play $3.6 million

It couldn't even take an online leak of the film for the summer movie season to get kicked off in a big way. X-Men Origins: Wolverine lead the way at the box office this weekened with a heroic estimated gross of $87 million. The film scored the highest opening weekend gross of the year, despite an online leak of a workprint version of the film. The film scored a staggering $21,225 per-screen average, from 4,099 theaters.

Another newcomer fared rather well also, with Ghosts of Girlfriends Past opening in second place with an estimated gross of $15.3 million. Last weekend's box office winner, Obsessed, dropped to third place with $12.2 million, 57 percent down from last weekend.

Next weekend brings the new J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek to theaters, with an estimated theater count of 3,500, and Next Day Air opens in about 1,000 theaters as well. How big will Star Trek open with? Stop by next Sunday to find out!

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released May 1st, 2009.

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