Marvel’s smartass superhero reigned supreme at the box office for the third consecutive week. Meanwhile, that movie’s new competition floundered.
With another $31.5 million, the foul-mouthed ‘Deadpool‘ now sits with a domestic total of $285.6 million. Considering the quality of Fox’s movie, I’m surprised to see it thriving this much. Banking solely on the shock value of its content, it’s now the third-highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time behind ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Overseas, ‘Deadpool’ has accumulated $324.1 million, giving it a worldwide 17-day total of $609.8 million.
Lionsgate’s ‘Gods of Egypt‘ opened in second place to $14 million. Produced on a $140 million budget, the ‘Clash of the Titans’ knockoff trainwreck only scored a per-screen average of $4,491. Its international success was a little better, but not much. $24.2 million came in from overseas showings, which is not nearly enough to get the film out the red.
‘Kung Fu Panda 3‘ earned more in its fifth week than two of the weekend’s new major releases. A $9 million finish landed it in the #3 spot. To date, ‘Panda 3’ has grossed $128.4 million domestically and $185.7 million overseas. That $314.2 million worldwide total puts it $317.5 million behind the global theatrical gross of the first ‘Kung Fu Panda‘ and $351.4 million behind ‘Kung Fu Panda 2‘. When Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ opens this weekend, ‘Panda’ will quickly fall off the charts – especially when you take into account the international success, buzz and acclaim that ‘Zootopia’ brings with it.
Even last week’s bland Christian title ‘Risen‘ was able to beat two of the nationwide releases. The film finished its sophomore weekend in the #4 spot. Falling a lighter-than-expected 41% week-over-week, the $20 million Bible epic added $7 million to its run, which now sits at $22.7 million domestically. Its international rollout has yet to kick off.
‘Eddie the Eagle‘ rounded out the Top 5. From producer Matthew Vaughn and starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, Fox’s underdog Olympic sports drama debuted to $6.3 million. Although that number is weak, it’s right on par with studio predictions. The $23 million drama has yet to debut overseas (perhaps international markets are wisely choosing to open it during this year’s actual Olympic season to capitalize on the buzz?), but it’s expected to hold over well due to great word-of-mouth.
Performing under expectations was John Hillcoat’s crooked cop thriller ‘Triple 9‘. A $6.1 million opening put it in the #6 spot. Produced on an estimated $20 million budget, the ensemble picture’s pending international release should push it to bankability.
Theatrical numbers for ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny’ have yet to be announced.
1. ‘Deadpool’ (Fox) – $31,500,000
2. ‘Gods of Egypt’ (Lionsgate) – $14,000,000
3. ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ (Fox) – $9,000,000
4. ‘Risen’ (Sony) – $7,000,000
5. ‘Eddie the Eagle’ (Fox) – $6,300,000
6. ‘Triple 9’ (Open Road) – $6,103,096
7. ‘How to Be Single’ (Warner Bros.) – $5,155,000
8. ‘The Witch’ (A24) – $5,009,662
9. ‘Race’ (Focus) – $4,273,000
10. ‘The Revenant’ (Fox) – $3,800,000
“Considering the quality of Fox’s movie, I’m surprised to see it thriving this much. Banking solely on the shock value of its content..”
Someone has a full diaper.
It’s succeeding because it’s fantastic. Too bad this is lost on you.
No kidding. I thought the same thing. The quality of this movie? What the hell?
Only diapered adolescents are returning to see this drivel.
Aside from potty-mouth humor, lots of swears, some sex and gory violence, ‘Deadpool’ was an origins story that didn’t do anything that ‘X-Men 2’ did 13 years and with a much higher quality. It’s the EXACT same origins story, so ‘Deadpool’ is hardly anything new, noteworthy or satisfying.
It’s severely annoying that a knock-off like this is a spectacular success when a fantastically refreshing and fun movie like ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is a major box office letdown.
That’s where I’m coming from. I didn’t hate ‘Deadpool.’ In fact, it’s much better than I expected it to be; however, I find it far from being worthy of the geek praise and record-breaking box office stats.
‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ deserved a bigger audience, too.