Box Office: ‘Logan’ Slicing and Dicing Toward Year’s Biggest Debut

Logan” will slash its way to the biggest opening weekend of 2017, sending star Hugh Jackman off in style as he prepares to hang up his claws. The R-rated comic book adaptation is expected to cut into more than $70 million when it debuts across 4,071 locations. Fox, the studio behind the superhero adventure, is being more conservative and predicting an opening in the mid-$60 million range.

Logan” follows a battle-weary Wolverine as he hides out with an aged Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart). The adamantium warrior is brought out of seclusion when he gets enlisted to protect a young mutant. “Logan” cost $97 million to produce, on the lower end of most superhero movies.

No slicing and dicing is spared. Like “Deadpool” before it, “Logan” is banking on there being enough adult fanboys and fangirls out there to draw big crowds. Barring that, the filmmakers are hoping there are a lot of permissive parents. Comic book movies usually carry a PG-13 rating, so they can bring in teenagers and preadolescents. Early attempts to ratchet up the splatter, such as “The Punisher,” “The Watchmen,” and “Kick-Ass,” met with only marginal success. However, “Deadpool,” the four-letter festooned tale of a costumed vigilante, managed to make nearly $800 million globally, despite its high body count and creative use of profanity.