‘Wolverine’ Claws Its Way To Box-Office Top

'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' debuts in a distant second.

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 [movie id="345540"]“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”[/movie] ($87 million)
#2 [movie id="302853"]“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”[/movie] ($15.3 million)
#3 [movie id="383191"]“Obsessed”[/movie] ($12.2 million)
#4 [movie id="365329"]“17 Again”[/movie] ($6.36 million)
#5 [movie id="328526"]“Monsters vs. Aliens”[/movie] ($5.8 million)

Online piracy, swine flu fears and mixed reviews might daunt other new releases, but not ones packing adamantium claws, an impressive set of biceps and an army of mutants. The indestructible combination helped “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” claw its way to the top of the box office with a superpowered haul of $87 million ($160 million worldwide). Whether the film’s box-office success will share the longevity of its mutant hero remains to be seen, but the origin film has kicked the summer season off with a bang.

Matthew McConaughey’s romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” landed the #2 spot with $15.3 million. Exit polling indicates that the audience was 70 percent female, suggesting that “Ghosts” may have drawn in some of the wives and girlfriends of the predominantly male “Wolverine” crowd.

Beyoncé Knowles’ thriller “Obsessed” stayed strong in its second week, dropping to #3 with $12.2 million and giving it a 10-day take of $47 million. Its fellow sophomores “The Soloist,” “Earth” and “Fighting” were weaker, dropping to #6, #7 and #8 respectively. Of the three, “Earth” did the best, with a total of $21.8 million in 12 days, which is on the high end for a documentary.

Though it dropped to #4, Zac Efron’s “17 Again” fought off Hugh Jackman better than the sophomores did, bringing in another $6.36 million in its third week. It’s raked in $48.5 million so far.

“Monsters vs. Aliens” enjoyed a week-six surge, climbing back to #5 with another $5.8 million, bringing its total to a smashing $182 million. Though it seems that every child in America must have seen it several times over, that demographic apparently preferred a repeat viewing over the 3-D animated “Battle for Terra,” which debuted at #12 with only $1.1 million. Roadside Attractions blamed “Wolverine” for taking its target audience of 7-to-10-year-olds, and is hoping that word of mouth can carry the film a little further in the weeks to come.

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