For the second weekend in a row, Fox and Marvel’s “Deadpool” dominated the U.S. box-office, pulling in a further $55 million which is pretty much the estimate that the studio thought it would open to last weekend. Of course that expectation was shattered as the film ended up accumulating a stunning $152.2 million President’s Day Weekend launch.
At the end of its second weekend, the film has taken in $235.4 million domestically and has managed a global total so far of $491 million which makes it the second highest grossing “X-Men” film ever, behind only $747 million worldwide for “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”. Whether it’ll make that number is hard to say as ‘Days’ was a stronger hit outside the United States.
Several new films opened this weekend with the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller “The Witch” debuting in fourth to $8.7 million, the widest and highest performing debut in distributor A24’s history following great runs with “Ex Machina” and “Room” last year. How well those numbers will continue though isn’t certain as the ‘C-‘ CinemaScore rating indicates the film was polarizing with audiences.
The faith-based drama “Risen” opened to third plase with $11.8 million, while the Jesse Owens 1936 Berlin games film “Race” scored only a soft debut of $7.3 million. “Kung Fu Panda 3” retained second place with a further $12.5 million added to its $117 million domestic total. In limited release, the Chinese fantasy comedy “Mermaid” racked up a quite impressive $29,000 per screen average across three dozen screens.