Wolverine Cuts to No. 1

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Forget about the lion. This March came in like an old, cranky Wolverine.

Logan sliced and diced its way to the top of the box office, taking an estimated $85.3 million cut of the weekend’s pot. It wasn’t the biggest R-rated opening of all time: That record still belongs to fellow Marvel sorta-superhero Deadpool (which earned $132.4 million in its first weekend waaaay back last year). But it is the biggest opening of this young year and, hey, it should be still enough to buy a nice boat.

Get Out, last week’s champ, broke free of the tony suburban encampment of No. 1 and found its way to second place. It lost only 22% of its audience—a pretty remarkable feat for a typically here-today, gone-tomorrow horror flick—and earned $26.1 million.

Christian flick The Shack finished third with $16.1 million, outperforming the studio’s modest expectations for it. According to Box Office Mojo, The Shack banked the seventh highest opening ever for a faith-based film, trailing only The Passion of the Christ (No. 1 at $83.8 million), Son of God, Heaven is for Real and a trio of Chronicles of Narnia movies.

The LEGO Batman Movie scraped up another $11.7 million to further cement its blockbuster status. (Man, I just never get tired of that pun.) It finished fourth this week and, overall, has earned $148.6 million.

Another newcomer, Before I Fall, will officially spend at least one weekend in the Top Five before it falls out. Its $4.9 million weekend take was enough to stave off a push by John Wick: Chapter Two ($4.7 million for sixth).

While the Oscars are over now, their impact on the box office is still being felt. Best Picture winner Moonlight—despite it being its 20th week in theaters—saw its weekend take skyrocket nearly 260% to $2.5 million. That brings its total gross to $25.4 million … or about $7.5 million less than Logan earned on Friday alone.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 4 months ago
Gay people exist and showing a gay person in a movie is not "forcing an agenda." According to all early movie reviews, the movie does not show a gay romance, gay sexual references, a coming out scene or even a kiss. It's not a "subplot."  The "exclusively gay moment" is a brief shot of LeFou dancing with a guy played for laughs.

I KNOW that many of the Christians calling for a boycott of the movie watch hundreds of other movies and TV shows that depict what they consider to be  a sin.  If the mere existence of a gay person in a movie makes you want to boycott a film, you are a bigot. And you are sending (whether intentionally or not) a message to your children that gay people are something to avoid and to hate.  There would be a lot less bullying of gay kids and teens if parents would stop teaching their children to recoil in horror at the mere mention of gay people.  
Anonymous 4 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Well, I've talked to my parents about it, and we've decided not to watch this new Beauty and the Beast. We don't want to give our money to a movie that shows something that is against our beliefs, and plan to do something else instead.

Next thing you know Disney will make an LGBT princess movie.
charitysplace 4 months ago
I have mixed feelings about La Fu being "sexually confused" (does he want to BE Gaston or kiss Gaston? is how the actor put it); it's actually potentially offensive 'representation' because La Fu means "the fool" and he's really the idiot of the piece, so it's almost a throwback to the old eras of Hollywood in which the token gay character was the comedic relief. When I heard about it, I thought, "... wow, that's not potentially alienating and offensive at all." There's actually some gay groups boycotting it. :P
Anonymous 4 months ago
Logan was a fantastic movie! 
Anonymous 4 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Hey Paul! Is there any chance that you and Jake are going to talk about Beauty and the Beast's gay moment before the movie comes out?

I'm curious because I was planning to treat them out to a showing, but now I'm not quite sure what I should do; could you guys give your advice and write a post about it?
Anonymous 4 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I meant to say 'my parents' instead of 'them.'
AsayPaul 4 months ago
Hey, FCG! Plugged In will post its official review March 16, the day before the movie's released. We may try to do a vodcast in advance of that, just talking through the issue a bit, but not exactly sure if and/or when that'll land. Sorry to not be of more help
Julienne Dy 4 months ago
There's going to be a gay moment?!  No, no, no.  Please say it isn't so.  Belle was and still is my favorite Disney princess.  I was totally fine with Disney modernizing her a bit, but that just crosses the line.
SJamison 4 months ago
It's a cheap copout to say "ooh, look how edgy and modern we are!"  Thus pleasing neither LGBTQA audience members nor those who want to pretend LGBTQA people don't exist.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The article I've read from someone who saw an advanced showing said that Le Fou seems like his admiration for Gaston during the "Gaston" song number is be more than just respect - though there is no reciprocation from Gaston, that one man ends up in a dress after being attacked by the wardrobe in the fight scene, (both things that are in the animated version as well) and that in the ballroom dance at the end, LeFou is dancing with a woman and then everyone changes partners and he very briefly is dancing with a man before the camera view changes.