Director James Mangold’s Logan howled loudly at the North American box office over the weekend with a massive $88.3 million from 4,071 theaters, the biggest opening of the year so far and one of the top showings of all time for an R-rated film or for a March release, according to final numbers.
Logan was also huge overseas, debuting to $159 million from 81 markets for a launch of $240.8 million. The movie also came in ahead of Sunday’s international estimate, which was $152.5 million. Logan scored $48.8 million in China, where it crushed The Lego Batman Movie, which bowed to a meager $3.5 million.
Nostalgia, glowing reviews and an A- CinemaScore are no doubt aiding the movie, which marks Hugh Jackman’s final turn on the big screen as the moody and fierce X-Men superhero Wolverine.