"Wolverine" slashes rivals in $87 million debut
By Bob Tourtellotte
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comic book movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" slashed its rivals at North American box offices over the weekend, taking in $87 million to rank No. 1 in the first major debut of Hollywood's summer movie season.
Film studio estimates on Sunday showed romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" landing in the No. 2 spot with $15.3 million, while last week's champ, thriller "Obsessed," dropped to 3rd place with a weekend haul of $12.2 million.
"X-Men Origins: Wolverine," was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.
"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" was released by New Line Cinema, a unit of the Warner Bros. movie-studio wing of Time Warner Inc.
"Obsessed" was distributed by Screen Gems, a division of Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Entertainment.
(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Will Dunham)