February 21, 2016

Box Office Roundup: ‘Deadpool’ Kills Again

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Written by: Peter Towe
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The weekend box office estimates are in, and it looks like another solid win for the Juggernaut and Colossus hit that is Deadpool  After grossing $132,434,639 million at the domestic box office its opening weekend, the Ryan Reynolds’ superhero flick added another $55 million, dropping 59.8% from opening weekend (which is normal, and on-par with most superhero flicks).  This weekend bring Deadpool’s domestic just over the $235 million mark.  Deadpool also topped $490 million worldwide.  Nobody in the industry expected this film to do these numbers and with a reported production budget of $58 million, is huge financial success for Fox after last summers disaster Fantastic Four reboot.

Now that Deadpool has done so well at the box office and critically, it opens up the door for so much more variety in the superhero genre.  Superhero flicks aren’t just for kids and I want more R-rated superhero movies.  Sure Deadpool isn’t the first R-rated superhero flick (1998’s Blade), it just has a bigger impact on the current state of comic book movies.  An R-rated Wolverine movie?  Count me (and every other nerd, fan, action lovers, and women/men that find Reynolds beautiful) in.  Having said that, Hollywood should just start doing it for finical or other disingenuous reasons.  Check out Taylor Salan’s Why Hollywood Has Learned Nothing From Deadpool article for more in-depth insight on the matter.

Coming in at a distant second was Kung Fu Panda 3, with $12.5 million.  This brings the animated sequels domestic total to $117.1 million domestically, well below its predecessors.  Right behind the animated Kung Fu tale was Sony’s Risen with an estimated $11.8 million.  The religious drama faired well however, with the tough weekend competition.  In fourth place this weekend was The Witch, which brought in $8.68 million opening on 2,046 theaters.  The newly released Jesse Owens biopic Race came in sixth, behind How to be Single, with an estimated $7.27 million.  This is low considering it played at 2,369 theaters.

Deadpool bashing Wolverine:

The Witch trailer:

How to be Single trailer:

Zoolander 2 trailer:

Matthew Mcconaughey’s reaction to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer:

The Revenant trailer:

Hail, Caesar! trailer:

With plenty of X-Men cracks in Deadpool, it’s interesting to see how Deadpool is performing compared to 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Check out the comparison at Box Office Mojo.

The full top-ten weekend estimates brought to you by Collider.com

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Deadpool $55,000,000 $235.4
2.  Kung Fu Panda 3 $12,500,000 $117.1
3.  Risen $11,800,000 $11.8
4.  The Witch $8,685,000 $8.6
5.  How to be Single $8,220,000 $31.7
6.  Race $7,275,000 $7.2
7.  Zoolander 2 $5,500,000 $23.7
8.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens $3,836,000 $921.6
9.  The Revenant $3,800,000 $165.1
10.  Hail, Caesar! $2,640,000 $26.1







About the Author

Peter Towe
Peter Towe
A graduate of UMASS Boston, I have successfully put off getting a "real" job, and continue to watch, produce, review, and obsess over movies. I lived in Boston while I completed my degree, and now live in Chicago trying the improv thing.


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