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The Wolverine, Gallery

Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

The Wolverine ripped its way through this weekend's box office competition.

Fox's latest installment in the X-Men franchise pulled in $55 million in its debut, knocking low-budget horror flick The Conjuring down from the No. 1 spot. 

The Conjuring

Warner Bros. Pictures

In spite of its success, however, the super hero film still fell below analysts' projections, who estimated that The Wolverine would nab upwards of $85 million.

Meanwhile, in the battle of the animated flicks, Despicable Me 2 continued to top Turbo, taking in $16 million in its fourth weekend, over the DreamWorks flick's $13.3 million. 

Also of note, Fruitvale Station, catapulted to the top 10, rounding it out with $4.7 million after landing at No. 17 last week.

The film tells the story of the last day in the life of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was unarmed and killed by a police officer on New Year's Day.

Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine also got off to a nice start this weekend as well, raking in about $613,000 on only six screens. 

Despicable Me 2

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Here's a complete look at the weekend's top movies, per Friday-Sunday studio estimates and stats as compiled per Box Office Mojo:

1. The Wolverine, $55 million

2. The Conjuring, $22.1 million

3. Despicable Me 2, $16 million

4. Turbo, $13.3 million

5. Grown Ups 2, $11.5 million

6. Red 2, $9.4 million

7. Pacific Rim, $7.5 million

8. The Heat, $6.9 million

9. R.I.P.D., $5.9 million

10. Fruitvale Station, $4.7 million