The Wolverine Claws Its Way to the Top of the Weekend Box Office

The Wolverine Photo: Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox

While last week’s box office numbers were twenty percent below those from the same period a year ago, America returned to the movie theaters this weekend, resulting in a moviegoing total of $168 million — or 25 percent more than this week in 2012, when The Dark Knight Rises was on top, according to Deadline. This year, it’s The Wolverine at number one: Hugh Jackman's fifth turn as the X-man opened with a fairly disappointing $55 million domestically and earned a separate $86.1 million abroad. The Conjuring, which opened on top last week, dropped to the number two spot with only $22.1 million domestically, leaving it with a cumulative total of $83.8 million. Now in its fourth week, Despicable Me 2 secured third place with $16 million in weekend earnings; it has now brought in a total of $660.9 million worldwide. And, much like last week, Turbo ($13.3 million for the weekend) came in just above Grown Ups 2 ($11.4 million), with each falling one spot to round out the top five.