The Wolverine slashes his way to top of US box office

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Hugh Jackman's latest incarnation as The Wolverine has topped the US box office with $55m (£35m) in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

The film earned another $86m (£55m) overseas, which means it has made more than the $120m it cost to make in its opening weekend.

It is the sixth film in the X-Men franchise -which has now made $1.9bn ( £1.2bn) worldwide.

The Wolverine is set in Japan and features an international cast.

Chris Aronson, Fox's head of domestic distribution said "it played equally well from Maine to Maui".

Low-budget horror movie The Conjuring slipped into second place, taking another $22.1m (£14.3m).

Despicable Me 2 was in third place with $16m (£10.3m) - it has now made more than $600m (£389.5m) since its release four weeks ago.

Animated film Turbo and Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 made up the rest of top five.

US box office top five

  1. The Wolverine - $55.m
  2. The Conjuring - $22.1m
  3. Despicable Me 2 -$16m
  4. Turbo $13.3m
  5. Grown Ups 2 - $11.5m

Source: Hollywood.com

Grown Ups 2 took $11.5 (£7.4m) for its third weekend. It has now made $100m (£64.9m).

Woody Allen's latest film Blue Jasmine had a strong opening, despite only being shown in six cinemas. The film, which stars Cate Blanchett, made $612,767 (£397,832.65) from the six cinemas.

Paul Dergarabedian of box office tracker Hollywood.com said it was "one of the biggest opening per-theatre averages ever for a non-animated film".

He also noted that ticket sales over the weekend were up almost 30% from the same time last year.

Just making it into the top ten is Sundance festival winner Fruitvale Station. The film, which is generating Oscar buzz, made $4.65m (£3m).

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