Largely because it was facing little competition from the weekend's holdovers and newcomer 'The To Do List', The Wolverine managed to top the weekend box office, although the final grosses came in under estimations.
Despite the fact that it did earn the top spot with $55 million for the weekend, industry experts are saying that the initial projections were actually pegged at $60 to $70 million, and the film underperformed. This could be attributed a number of factors - moviegoers could be tapped out from the amount of blockbusters this summer, and they could have just not been in the mood to go to the theaters for yet another comic book movie.
The last installment of a standalone Wolverine movie [X-Men Origins: Wolverine] was actually received very poorly, even though it made a lot of money. The fact that the film even made $55 million is a testament to the Hugh Jackman's popularity and how well received his performance is as The Wolverine.
However, despite the disappointing opening for the Wolverine, the budget wasn't that high so the film will ultimately be a success. Beyond that, fan fervor for next summer's 'X-Men: Days of Future Part' continues to grow, and that film is sure to become a blockbuster when it eventually opens.