The Wolverine may not quite be the best there is at what he does. An opening weekend box office of $55 million in the states was about on par with the last X-Men film, X-Men First Class, and the first X-Men in 2000, but a full $30 million lower than Logan's first solo effort, the critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was the only wide release of the weekend, with 2, 3, and 4 week old films rounding out the top five.
However, the movie is tracking with strong word-of-mouth, according to BoxOfficeMojo, and has hope for a solid domestic run because of it. Internationally, the film opened with $85.3 million, a 13% increase over the strongest X-Men movie to date, X-Men: The Last Stand.
Ultimately, the film's performance means little to Fox, who already has longterm plans for the franchise, including a massive ensemble picture containing both casts, old and young, X-Men: Days of Future Past, due to bow next April, and spin-offs planned for the future including X-Force. While The Wolverine was billed as a fairly self-contained movie, once word of mouth spreads that the film is a clear (and major) bridge between The Last Stand and Days of Future Past, that may build its take, as well.
July has been particularly soft for genre films in 2013, with Pacific Rim only taking in $84 million domestically in three weekends on a $190 million budget, R.I.P.D. doing $24 million in two weekends on a $130 million budget, and The Lone Ranger hitting $85 million in four weekends on a $215 million budget.