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'Logan' slices box office with $85.3M, 'Moonlight' gets bump

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/5/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Hugh Jackman from the film, "Logan." (Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Hugh Jackman from the film, "Logan." (Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The R-rated "X-Men" spinoff "Logan" slashed into the weekend box office, opening with a massive $85.3 million that surpassed expectations and ranks among the top March debuts ever.

This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, "Moonlight." The film won an Oscar for best picture on Feb. 26. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, "Moonlight." The film won an Oscar for best picture on Feb. 26. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP)

The 20th Century Fox release features Hugh Jackman in what he has hinted could be his final performance as Wolverine. Word of mouth got a boost from good reviews for the unusually dark and dramatic comic-book movie that — like "Deadpool" — further proves moviegoers' hunger for less conventional superhero films.

The Oscar best-picture winner "Moonlight" had its widest release yet, appearing on 1,564 screens. It turned in its biggest weekend, too, with an estimated $2.5 million.

Last week's No. 1 film, Jordan Peele's horror sensation "Get Out" slid remarkably little. It dropped to second place but still grossed $26.1 million.

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