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Twentieth Century Fox internally is projecting $70M-$75M in domestic box office gross. But there wasn’t any foaming at the mouth at Fox when I passed along that rival studios were predicting $80M for the May 1st opening weekend of  its summer blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then again, fans are expecting a big fat debut along the order of the 2006 threequel X-Men: The Last Stand‘s $102.7M, not the 2003 sequel X-Men: United‘s $85.5M. (They cost $210+M and $110+M, respectively.) How much the film exceeds that number depends on the toll taken by all that piracy mishegoss.  And whether this 4th pic in the franchise is deemed any good. For those keeping score, X-Men opened to $54.4M back in 2000.

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