One thing to consider is what this means for the straight action model of the comic book movie. I didn't dislike Wolverine like a lot of people did, but it undoubtedly did away with the nuance, intricacy and character focus that we've gotten used to seeing in major comic book adaptations. I bet it's much easier to make a Wolverine than a Iron Man or an X2 or a Watchmen, and it seems not to be much less financially rewarding.
I very much enjoyed not watching Ghosts of Girlfriends Past this weekend, and it seems so did a bunch of other people. The Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy picked up $15.3 million, which isn't bad, but puts the film way behind the last three identical Matthew McConaughey romantic comedies. And the 3D-animated Battle for Terra, while not a Delgo-level bust, couldn't break the top 10 and ended up with just over $1 million on around 1,200 screens. It's tough out there for animated features not bankrolled and marketed by huge studios.
The weekend's top 10 after the jump.
1 - X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) - $87.00 ($21,225) - $87.00
2 - Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (WB) - $15.33 ($4,827) - $15.33
3 - Obsessed (Screen Gems) - $12.20 ($4,853) - $47.00
4 - 17 Again (New Line) - $6.36 ($1,952) - $48.50
5 - Monsters vs. Aliens (Dreamworks Animation) - $5.80 ($2,209) - $182.40
6 - The Soloist (Dreamworks) - $5.60 ($2,755) - $18.11
7 - Earth (DisneyNature) - $4.18 ($2,319) - $21.84
8 - Fighting (Rogue) - $4.17 ($1,805) - $17.51
9 - Hannah Montana: The Movie (Disney) - $4.08 ($1,446) - $70.86
10 - State of Play (Universal) - $3.66 ($1,495) - $30.88
11 - Fast & Furious (Universal) - $2.73 ($1,070) - $149.77
12 - Battle for Terra (Lionsgate) - $1.06 ($916) - $1.06
Next week we will get the answer to one of the summer's big questions, which is just how viable J.J. Abrams' Star Trek will turn out to be. I have seen the film, and while it is accessible to non-Trekkies, it will probably only be special to the already-initiated. The counterprogramming will be the Summit Entertainment comedy Next Day Air.