Los Angeles - The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman as Marvel Comics' sharp-clawed superhero, slashed its way to $55m in ticket sales at the weekend box office in a summer that hasn't been kind to some other big-budget action films.
The Conjuring, a low-budget horror film, was second with $22.1m in ticket sales in theatres in the United States and Canada. The film has generated nearly $84m in overall ticket sales and cost only about $20m to make.
The animated film Despicable Me 2, featuring the voice of comic Steve Carell, was third with $16m in ticket sales in its fourth week in movie theatres, according to studio estimates. The film was made by Universal Pictures and has collected more than $306m in domestic ticket sales.
Wolverine kicked off with a much stronger start than some of the summer's other big-budget action films. R.I.P.D., Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger and White House Down each started with $37m or less in their opening weekends in North American theatres.