Wolverine Cuts to No. 1

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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