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Expectations for Fox and Marvel’s “The Wolverine” continue to scale back as the spinoff drew in $21 million Friday, adjusting expectations to a three-day haul in the mid-$50 million range.

This is considerably dialed back from pre-weekend predictions that had the actioner earning upwards of $75 million, but it looks to still be a decent performer given the pic’s budget of $100 million. Still, it doesn’t look like “Wolverine” will be the film to restore Hollywood’s faith in the big-budget tentpole following a recent string of significant disappointments.

Further supporting the actioner’s success, Fox is rolling “Wolverine” out in 62 markets with an internationally bankable star in Hugh Jackman, and an popular franchise in “X-Men.”

During his last solo outing as Wolverine in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” international was responsible for $73 million of the film’s $158 million worldwide bow, and 53% of its lifetime cume. And that film was panned by critics and moviegoers. »

- Michael Sullivan

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