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. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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