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“LOGAN” CLAIMS TOP OF BOX OFFICE TICKET SALES

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The R-rated “X-Men” spinoff “Logan” slashed into the weekend box office, opening with a massive $85.3 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday, while best-picture winner “Moonlight” got a significant, if far from superhero-sized, Oscar bump.

The debut of 20th Century Fox’s “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, puts it among the ranks of biggest March openings ever and top R-rated debuts. Like last year’s R-rated “Deadpool” (also a Fox release), the better-than-expected opening for “Logan” – a darkly violent, grittily dramatic movie applauded by critics – further proves moviegoers’ hunger for less conventional comic book films.

Jackman has said it will be his final performance as Wolverine, whose claws he has worn for 17 years. “Logan,” made for about $100 million, also sold $152.5 million in tickets overseas. 

Here are the top five movies from the weekend:

1. “Logan,” $85.3 million. 

2. “Get Out,” $26.1 million. 

3. “The Shack,” $16.1 million. 

4. “The Lego Batman Movie,” $11.7 million. 

5. “Before I Fall,” $4.9 million. 

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