I think Deadpool needs to change his nickname from “the merc with the mouth” to “the merc with the money” as the fourth wall breaking r-rated comic book antihero has just kept pulling in the dollars, ending its second week on the US box charts at the very top once again. Much like last week, a handful of other titles also debuted, but once again they had to settle for sloppy seconds as Deadpool brought in $55 million, bringing its domestic total to $235 million.
To put that in perspective, the previous highest grossing R-rated comic book adaptation was 300 and it made $210 million domestically in its entire run! It’s now already even claimed the crown from X-Men: Days of Future Past as the highest grossing film in Fox’s X-Men franchise, as DOFP made a “mere” $233 million for its entire theatrical lifespan. Deadpool beat all of that in just 10 days, and is now sitting on $491 million globally! All of those Fox execs who were shooting down this movie for years, claiming it would never work must, be having a crow-eating buffet right about now.
As for those newcomers, none of them really had any major impact although they made respectable entries. The Joseph Fiennes-led faith-based drama Risen couldn’t rise much higher than 3rd place, earning $11.8 million along the way. The film has a stellar cast – including Tom Felton and Peter Firth – and is directed by veteran Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Count of Monte Cristo) but it has been receiving mixed reviews. However, with its focus on the biblical tale of Jesus resurrection – told from the perspective of a non-believer Roman centurion – this close to Easter time, it could still have some legs.
Debuting in fourth place was a totally different form of spiritual tale in extremely hotly touted horror flick The Witch. Director Robert Eggers supernatural thriller has been picking up nothing but accolades from practically everybody that sees it, with many declaring it the spookiest film to come out of Hollywood in ages, but it could only scare up $8.68 million on the box office in its first weekend. That’s actually slightly higher than the $5-7 million studio estimates it had prior to this weekend, and with a budget of just $3.5 million, it’s already a huge financial success.
Another micro-budgeted debut was Race, the Stephen Hopkins (Life and Times of Peter Sellers) directed biopic about famous African American athlete Jesse Owens, who became world renowned when he won four gold medals at the racially charges 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. Unfortunately Race didn’t even end up on the podium as it had to settle for a 6th place worthy $7.27 million.
Let’s see what the rest of the chart looks like:
- 1. Deadpool – $55 million (LW: 1st)
- 2. Kung Fu Panda 3 – $12.5 million (LW: 2nd)
- 3. Risen – $11.8 million (NE)
- 4. The Witch – $8.68 million (NE)
- 5. How To Be Single – $8.22 million (LW: 3rd)
- 6. Race – $7.27 million (NE)
- 7. Zoolander 2 – $5.5 million (LW: 4th)
- 8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $3.8 million (LW: 7th)
- 9. The Revenant – $3.8 million (LW: 5th)
- 10. Hail, Caesar! – $2.64 million (LW: 6th)
Besides for the new entries, the only title on the top 10 US charts that actually managed to improve its position was Star Wars: The Force Awakens which moved up one spot from 8th to 7th, adding $3.8 million to its now monstrous $921 million domestic total. It seems the Force is actually still alive.
(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)
Last Updated: February 22, 2016