WOLVERINE REAL NUMBERS $2MIL LESS THAN THOUGHT

The real numbers for “Wolverine” are in from the weekend, and 20th Century Fox was a little overanxious. They originally reported the Hugh Jackman starrer at $87 million. The real take was $85 million plus change.

It’s not a huge difference, but it’s significant. “Wolverine” opened on Friday to a staggering $34 million box office. But over the weekend, the numbers went down dramatically– to $29 million on Saturday night and $21 million on Sunday.

All of this begs the question: by this Friday, will “Wolverine” be done? J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” is coming, a mega hit that should knock “Wolverine” handily out of the top spot. From advance word, “Star Trek” also seems like it’s going to have great reviews and etrrific word of mouth. “Wolverine” had some of the worst reviews ever for a blockbuster.

So we’ll watch and see this week if “Wolverine” has any steam left among adults–the moviegoers on week nights. By Wednesday it should be obvious if Gavin Hood’s tale has legs, or just claws.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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