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Weekend Box Office Report: February 12-14, 2016

02.14.2016

Deadpool blows away box office records!

Ryan Reynolds' greatest wish finally came true in a huge way this Valentine's Day weekend as DEADPOOL opened with a killer $135 million!

The madcap motormouthed mercenary demolished a number of records, including biggest February opening (obliterating the $85.1 million opening of last year's FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) and biggest opening for an R-rated release, pulverizing the $91.7 million first weekend of THE MATRIX RELOADED. Its debut weekend also strolled past the former highest domestic total for an R-rated comic adaptation (WANTED's $134.5 million domestic finish).

Even without the benefit of a PG-13 rating, the crimson-clad master of mayhem also scored a bigger opening than anything else in the X-Men franchise (X-MEN: THE LAST STAND is a distant second with $102.7 million). Though it is "only" the seventh-highest debut for a comic book movie, it has already more than doubled its reported $58 million cost (along with some earlier estimates that predicted a $55 million opening weekend).

Aside from Fox (who owns the movie rights to Marvel Comics' mutant population and associated characters) and first-time feature director Tim Miller, certainly nobody is happier with the success than star Ryan Reynolds, who fought for a decade to get the fourth-wall-breaking comic anti-hero into his own solo movie.

DEADPOOL had the biggest opening for anything the actor has appeared in, and its first weekend alone passed the $116.6 million domestic total of his previous comic adaptation GREEN LANTERN. Its opening also stomped the guts out of the last time Reynolds portrayed a comic character in an R-rated movie -- BLADE TRINITY started out with $16 million and finished with $52.4 million.

While the screwball character's fanbase flocked to cinemas for chaos and quips (and the canny marketing lured the curious), critics also appreciated DEADPOOL's violent antics with an 84% average on Rotten Tomatoes. Unsurprisingly, a sequel is already in the works.

KUNG FU PANDA 3 dropped to second place with $19.6 million after two weekends on top, and may cross the $100 million mark once tomorrow's President's Day crowd is included in its domestic total.

Opening in third was the new R-rated comedy HOW TO BE SINGLE with $18.7 million. Fronted by funny ladies Leslie Mann, Alison Brie and Rebel Wilson (along with FIFTY SHADES OF GREY co-star Dakota Johnson), the $38 million romcom had more box office impact than the apparently-not-anticipated return of Ben Stiller's clueless model. ZOOLANDER 2 opened in fourth with $15.6 million -- just a perfectly styled hair above the $15.5 million debut of the original ZOOLANDER back in 2001.

THE REVENANT is still dragging itself along, now in fifth with $6.9 million and nearly $160 million domestic. The Coen brothers' Hollywood comedy HAIL, CAESAR! dipped from second to sixth place with $6.5 million, down 42% from its opening last week.

In seventh was STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with another $6.1 million and a spectacular $914.8 million domestic total. It seems unlikely to reach $1 billion, although a re-release before EPISODE VIII might resolve that "problem".

The latest Nicholas Sparks romance THE CHOICE got a slight boost from Valentine's Day weekend with $5.2 million, a drop of only 13% from last weekend's modest opening, while RIDE ALONG 2 and the horror flick THE BOY closed out the list.

Outside the chart, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES headed to the grave after a single week in the Top 10, taking DIRTY GRANDPA and THE FINEST HOURS with it. Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore's latest polemic WHERE TO INVADE NEXT opened on 300 screens for just over $1 million.

Next weekend has the Jesse Owens biopic RACE, the biblical action movie RISEN and the festival-fave horror indie THE WITCH.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Deadpool $135 M
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2. Kung Fu Panda 3 $19.6 M $93.9 M
3. How To Be Single $18.7 M
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4. Zoolander 2 $15.6 M
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5. The Revenant $6.9 M $159.1 M
6. Hail, Caesar! $6.5 M $21.3 M
7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6.1 M $914.8 M
8. The Choice $5.2 M $13.2 M
9. Ride Along 2 $4.1 M $82.6 M
10. The Boy $2.9 M $30.7 M

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1:48PM on 02/15/2016
Time for The Soloist to change his avatar.
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1:19PM on 02/15/2016
Boy was I wrong on this one. The ads turned me off, but critics and moviegoers seem to really dig it.
Boy was I wrong on this one. The ads turned me off, but critics and moviegoers seem to really dig it.
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8:24AM on 02/15/2016
Finally saw 13 Hours... Can't believe how poorly it did in theaters. Best action movie I've seen in quite sometime. Bay did a great job. The fact he is rumored for a Ghost Recon movie has me really excited. Hope to catch deadpool soon. Good on you, Mr. Reynolds.
Finally saw 13 Hours... Can't believe how poorly it did in theaters. Best action movie I've seen in quite sometime. Bay did a great job. The fact he is rumored for a Ghost Recon movie has me really excited. Hope to catch deadpool soon. Good on you, Mr. Reynolds.
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9:50AM on 02/15/2016
Movie was amazing for sure, I have been telling anyone who will listen to see it. Book is great as well.
Movie was amazing for sure, I have been telling anyone who will listen to see it. Book is great as well.
4:19AM on 02/15/2016
Wow, I really expected Zoolander 2 to come out on top this weekend, but in this instance I'm happy to be proven wrong! My wife and I went to see Deadpool on Saturday night as a Valentine's thing (proof I married the right woman) and it was a blast. Yes, not EVERY joke lands, but come on – there's like 500 jokes in the damn thing! Very happy for Ryan Reynolds and co. who were trying to get this thing made for so long, and even happier that Fox has just been given a big message from movie fans
Wow, I really expected Zoolander 2 to come out on top this weekend, but in this instance I'm happy to be proven wrong! My wife and I went to see Deadpool on Saturday night as a Valentine's thing (proof I married the right woman) and it was a blast. Yes, not EVERY joke lands, but come on – there's like 500 jokes in the damn thing! Very happy for Ryan Reynolds and co. who were trying to get this thing made for so long, and even happier that Fox has just been given a big message from movie fans around the world. Let's hope they pay attention.
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1:14AM on 02/15/2016
I am so happy! This film, and all of us, solely deserve this.
I am so happy! This film, and all of us, solely deserve this.
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9:36PM on 02/14/2016

Mr. Reynolds

I am beyond happy for this genial, honest and talented actor. Good on ya, man!
I am beyond happy for this genial, honest and talented actor. Good on ya, man!
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9:24PM on 02/14/2016
Wow, for a movie that the studio didn't want to make in the first place, $135 million is a very good number!
Wow, for a movie that the studio didn't want to make in the first place, $135 million is a very good number!
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8:28PM on 02/14/2016

Happy for Ryan Reynolds

Reynolds seems like a good dude, and it's always nice when someone succeeds with a passion project., especially after the bombs he's been associated with. This is a perfect example of how little the movie execs actually know.
Reynolds seems like a good dude, and it's always nice when someone succeeds with a passion project., especially after the bombs he's been associated with. This is a perfect example of how little the movie execs actually know.
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8:11PM on 02/14/2016
I can't deny its a fresh taste of something different and if people are enjoying it, great but I fucking hated it and I actually walked out with 20 mins left. 1t half was great but the jokes continue to get in the way of any kind of substance later on, I just stopped caring about the dude. My door is now open for your harsh replies.
I can't deny its a fresh taste of something different and if people are enjoying it, great but I fucking hated it and I actually walked out with 20 mins left. 1t half was great but the jokes continue to get in the way of any kind of substance later on, I just stopped caring about the dude. My door is now open for your harsh replies.
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9:28AM on 02/15/2016
Well, to bad you didn't like the film, but you just said that. You didn't say it was shit or anything, you just said you didn't like it... So I don't see any reason for 'harsh replies', except, of course from the assholes that, sometimes, populate the internet, but they are as irrelevant as their life.
Well, to bad you didn't like the film, but you just said that. You didn't say it was shit or anything, you just said you didn't like it... So I don't see any reason for 'harsh replies', except, of course from the assholes that, sometimes, populate the internet, but they are as irrelevant as their life.
5:47PM on 02/14/2016

Awww yesss

Been keeping my fingers crossed for this one, I'm happy to see it doing great business! A superhero film that will be genuinely fun to watch, they're becoming terribly generic, boring CG action fests. Ant Man was the pleasant surprise of last year, now it's Deadpool's time!
Been keeping my fingers crossed for this one, I'm happy to see it doing great business! A superhero film that will be genuinely fun to watch, they're becoming terribly generic, boring CG action fests. Ant Man was the pleasant surprise of last year, now it's Deadpool's time!
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4:16PM on 02/14/2016

WOO-HOO!

I guess I shouldn't be surprised it outdid the X-Men movies, I guess I overestimated the kind of business they have done. That said, I'm not surprised by the opening numbers. Not only did they have an A-plus marketing campaign bolstered by Ryan Reynolds' crossover appeal (say what you will about his box-office history, the guy is charming as fuck!), but last year proved February is fertile ground for big-budget R-rated experimentation. And in a time when formulas are in desperate need of a good
I guess I shouldn't be surprised it outdid the X-Men movies, I guess I overestimated the kind of business they have done. That said, I'm not surprised by the opening numbers. Not only did they have an A-plus marketing campaign bolstered by Ryan Reynolds' crossover appeal (say what you will about his box-office history, the guy is charming as fuck!), but last year proved February is fertile ground for big-budget R-rated experimentation. And in a time when formulas are in desperate need of a good shaking up, this meets that criteria.

I don't see many comic book movies in the theater anymore, but I was happy to give my money if it encourages studios to take more chances in February!
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4:07PM on 02/14/2016

Whoa!

That's a lot of cheese. Beat almost every movie Marvel and DC ever put out.
That's a lot of cheese. Beat almost every movie Marvel and DC ever put out.
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3:39PM on 02/14/2016
Proof that an R rating isnt a death sentence. Make a great movie and market the shit out of it. The advertising, both commercial and viral is what brought the crowds to this movie. Paid off big time
Proof that an R rating isnt a death sentence. Make a great movie and market the shit out of it. The advertising, both commercial and viral is what brought the crowds to this movie. Paid off big time
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3:29PM on 02/14/2016
Time to make the fucking chimichangas, indeed. Great film that's an absolute game changer for the genre. So happy and excited that the film blew expectations and then some.

Bring on the sequel and Cable next!
Time to make the fucking chimichangas, indeed. Great film that's an absolute game changer for the genre. So happy and excited that the film blew expectations and then some.

Bring on the sequel and Cable next!
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3:10PM on 02/14/2016
Daredevil (15) on Netflix, excellent! Seeing Deadpool tonight. Didn’t think I was ever going to go to the cinema to see anymore of this childish genre – then this comes out!!!!!!! At last, a grownup comic film.
Daredevil (15) on Netflix, excellent! Seeing Deadpool tonight. Didn’t think I was ever going to go to the cinema to see anymore of this childish genre – then this comes out!!!!!!! At last, a grownup comic film.
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2:48PM on 02/14/2016
Wow!.. Props to Deadpool for doing so well. I wasn't expecting it to reach that high. I was thinking 85M which I thought would've been a great opening, but it blew mine and I bet everyone's predictions out the water. And it's pretty cool it beat Green Lantern's opening, washing the bad stain away from Reynold's record. And the reference to that movie made me laugh "Just don't make my superhero suit green... or CGI."
Wow!.. Props to Deadpool for doing so well. I wasn't expecting it to reach that high. I was thinking 85M which I thought would've been a great opening, but it blew mine and I bet everyone's predictions out the water. And it's pretty cool it beat Green Lantern's opening, washing the bad stain away from Reynold's record. And the reference to that movie made me laugh "Just don't make my superhero suit green... or CGI."
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2:32PM on 02/14/2016

Right DC,consider this a guantlet thrown down. Time for Lobo!

Genuinely pleased this has made a stack of cash. Shows the studio was right taking the risk. The movie is a lot of fun.
Let's see some more R rated movies as a result of this.
Genuinely pleased this has made a stack of cash. Shows the studio was right taking the risk. The movie is a lot of fun.
Let's see some more R rated movies as a result of this.
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3:30PM on 02/14/2016
But they already cast the Perfect Lobo as Aquaman (even made him look like Lobo).
But they already cast the Perfect Lobo as Aquaman (even made him look like Lobo).
3:45PM on 02/14/2016
True... There must be someone out there though... Maybe Joblo's next "Cast This" should be pottential Lobo actors.
True... There must be someone out there though... Maybe Joblo's next "Cast This" should be pottential Lobo actors.
6:20PM on 02/14/2016
Jason Momoa or Dwayne Johnson would've made perfect Lobo's. That would be a tough film to market though lol
Fingers crossed...
Jason Momoa or Dwayne Johnson would've made perfect Lobo's. That would be a tough film to market though lol
Fingers crossed...
8:22PM on 02/14/2016
Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Picture his evil smile in Watchmen and add white skin, and maybe some prosthetics, and boom you got your perfect Lobo.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Picture his evil smile in Watchmen and add white skin, and maybe some prosthetics, and boom you got your perfect Lobo.

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9:35AM on 02/15/2016
Guys, guys... I'm sorry for you but the pre-New 52 LOBO you're talking about doesn't exist anymore... Those fuckers made him a copycat killed by the 'real' Lobo... Some lame-ass character closer in look to Twilight's Patinson than Momoa or The Rock...
Good fucking God... I just saw Patinson as Lobo.
NOOOOOOOO !
Guys, guys... I'm sorry for you but the pre-New 52 LOBO you're talking about doesn't exist anymore... Those fuckers made him a copycat killed by the 'real' Lobo... Some lame-ass character closer in look to Twilight's Patinson than Momoa or The Rock...
Good fucking God... I just saw Patinson as Lobo.
NOOOOOOOO !
2:16PM on 02/14/2016

Fox actually nailed this

Totally blown away by this. Congrats to Reynolds and the writing team for making all this possible. I just came back from seeing it and its exactly how I envisioned a Deadpool movie. For the amount of jokes (which were a ton), it only felt like two or three fell flat. Among everything, the movie was really well edited and the love story was well done. The movie was small in scale but things can only go up in the sequels.
Totally blown away by this. Congrats to Reynolds and the writing team for making all this possible. I just came back from seeing it and its exactly how I envisioned a Deadpool movie. For the amount of jokes (which were a ton), it only felt like two or three fell flat. Among everything, the movie was really well edited and the love story was well done. The movie was small in scale but things can only go up in the sequels.
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1:56PM on 02/14/2016
Damn, who would have ever guessed that a c-list Marvel character released in February (and owned by Fox!) would outperform both Marvel and DC A-list characters like Man of Steel or Captain America? WOW. Kudos to Deadpool!
Damn, who would have ever guessed that a c-list Marvel character released in February (and owned by Fox!) would outperform both Marvel and DC A-list characters like Man of Steel or Captain America? WOW. Kudos to Deadpool!
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1:41PM on 02/14/2016
Holy shit that's a lot of money.
Holy shit that's a lot of money.
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