On the eve of Logan‘s big weekend opening, those polled in a recent Fandango survey say they’d like to see more guns, sex and violence in their superhero pics. 20th Century’s Fox’s Logan is the second R-rated X-Men movie, technically, after Deadpool, also from 20th Century Fox.
In the poll, 71% told Fandango that more superhero movies should be rated R, while 86% are interested in seeing a more violent, adult X-Men movie this weekend. Industry projections for the opening of Logan, which follows Wolverine and Dr. Xavier in a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are nearly extinct, lie at a healthy $65 million-$70 million stateside and $170M worldwide.
A year ago, Fox proved that there’s big money in R-rated superhero pics with Deadpool pulling in a massive $132.4M domestic opening, a total stateside take of $363M and $783M globally.
Tonight, Logan hits screens at 7 PM in what will be the largest R-rated release ever in an estimated 4,071 theaters (that count as of tomorrow). Fandango already reports that outside of Deadpool, the advance ticket sales for Logan are besting all other X-Men films at similar points in time.
Other tidbits from the Fandango survey: 96% are excited to see Hugh Jackman in his last Wolverine movie, 94% are intrigued to see Patrick Stewart returning as Professor X, and 76% are interested in watching newcomer 11-year old Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23.
Prior to Deadpool breaking out, R-rated superhero films were scant on the big screen and but included The Watchmen, Kick-Ass, Blade and The Punisher.
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