Hugh Jackman’s ‘Wolverine’ claws his way to the top of the blockbuster series

 

Hugh Jackman has done it all - almost.

He's hosted the Oscars, danced on Broadway, flashed his winning grin and flexed his acting muscles, but Friday is the first time the Australian actor will claw his way into movie theaters as the main attraction.

In "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," there's no Halle Berry or Nicole Kidman by his side to buoy the box office. This time it's just Jackman, his claws and a heap of Hollywood expectations to the tune of $150 million.

That's what it cost to make the film, which tracks the origins of Jackman's Marvel comics character, a hairy, muscled hunk with adamantium claws that sprout from between his knuckles. Wolverine can recover from injuries more quickly than Clark Kent can take off his glasses. Hopefully, Jackman won't need that power.

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