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Weekend Box Office Report: February 19-21, 2016

02.21.2016

Crowds are still flipping for Deadpool!

Everyone's favorite "merc with a mouth" continued to rule the box office this weekend, keeping DEADPOOL on top with an estimated $55 million!

Ryan Reynolds' gleefully R-rated lunatic dropped 58% in its second weekend but is at an impressive 10-day domestic total of $235 million, surpassing every other release in the X-Men movie franchise (X-MEN: THE LAST STAND was the previous champ with a domestic total of $234 million).

DEADPOOL has also become the highest-grossing R-rated comic adaptation, defeating the $210 million domestic total of Zack Snyder's 300. In addition, the spastic sword-swinging anti-hero has collected nearly $500 million worldwide -- not too shabby considering the movie's reported $58 million cost.

Meanwhile, KUNG FU PANDA 3 fought off the competition to stay in second place with $12.5 million, but the new biblical epic RISEN was close behind in third with an opening of $11.8 million. The quest for Jesus Christ's body (from ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES and WATERWORLD director Kevin Reynolds) cost a reported $20 million and is currently at a 59% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes.

Opening in fourth place was the new supernatural thriller THE WITCH with $8.6 million. The R-rated period horror story, which only had a reported $3.5 million production cost, gathered much accliam from festival audiences last year and now has a strong 88% average from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

The R-rated romantic comedy HOW TO BE SINGLE was in fifth place with $8.2 million, dropping 54% from its opening last weekend for a $31.7 million domestic total on a reported cost of $38 million.

The new sports drama RACE opened in sixth with $7.2 million. The PG-13 biopic of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens (directed by Stephen Hopkins of PREDATOR 2 and LOST IN SPACE fame) had a reported cost of just $5 million, and is at 60% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ben Stiller's ZOOLANDER 2 catwalked from fourth place down to seventh with $5.5 million, losing 60% of business from last week's opening. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was in eighth after two-and-a-half months in the Top 10, and has now collected $2.03 billion worldwide.

In ninth, THE REVENANT remains the only Oscar Best Picture contender on the list, and its domestic total of $165.1 million has passed star Leonardo DiCaprio's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN ($164 million) and DJANGO UNCHAINED ($162 million) to become the actor's third highest-grossing domestic hit. The Coen brothers' comedy HAIL, CAESAR! hung onto the bottom of the chart.

Outside the chart, RIDE ALONG 2, the horror movie THE BOY and the romance THE CHOICE all gave way. The Stephen Chow movie THE MERMAID (the highest-grossing movie ever in China) was released on 35 screens for just over $1 million.

Next weekend offers director Alex Proyas' mythological action movie GODS OF EGYPT, the heist thriller TRIPLE 9 and the sports biopic EDDIE THE EAGLE, plus a limited release of Netflix's sequel CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Deadpool $55 M $235.3 M
2. Kung Fu Panda 3 $12.5 M $117.1 M
3. Risen $11.8 M
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4. The Witch $8.6 M
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5. How To Be Single $8.2 M $31.7 M
6. Race $7.2 M
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7. Zoolander 2 $5.5 M $23.7 M
8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $3.8 M $921.6 M
9. The Revenant $3.8 M $165.1 M
10. Hail, Caesar! $2.6 M $26.1 M

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9:00PM on 02/21/2016
Holy! For a movie whose budget was about $58 million (I think), it's pure awesomeness that it's earned more than $200 million. Good job, Deadpool!
Holy! For a movie whose budget was about $58 million (I think), it's pure awesomeness that it's earned more than $200 million. Good job, Deadpool!
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8:19AM on 02/22/2016
Even better:
At $235M in the States only, it's already the biggest success of the X-Men franchise (in less than 2 weeks),
at almost $500M worldwide it's the second one (behind X-Men:DoFP's $748M)
and both this and 'adjusted' winner X-Men 3's $311M are not out of reach (4th: X-Men DoFP's $245M and 3rd: X-Men 1's $254M will probably be done during the week).
All this, with the smallest budget of the franchise (it used to be X-Men 1 with around $75M) !
Even better:
At $235M in the States only, it's already the biggest success of the X-Men franchise (in less than 2 weeks),
at almost $500M worldwide it's the second one (behind X-Men:DoFP's $748M)
and both this and 'adjusted' winner X-Men 3's $311M are not out of reach (4th: X-Men DoFP's $245M and 3rd: X-Men 1's $254M will probably be done during the week).
All this, with the smallest budget of the franchise (it used to be X-Men 1 with around $75M) !
9:46AM on 02/22/2016
Wow, with those records, that makes Deadpool even more impressive!
Wow, with those records, that makes Deadpool even more impressive!
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7:18PM on 02/21/2016
I saw it yesterday - enjoyed it but I'm pretty sure I've enjoyed the other X-Men movies more (that's not to say this movies didn't have two very enjoyable action pieces and was very funny). In any case, glad it's bringing home the $'s - long live comic book movies!

Whilst the movie didn't knock it out of the park for me (think I enjoyed Dredd far more, for example) I will say the marketing for this this movie was truly first class and perhaps had Dredd had that kind of support it would have
I saw it yesterday - enjoyed it but I'm pretty sure I've enjoyed the other X-Men movies more (that's not to say this movies didn't have two very enjoyable action pieces and was very funny). In any case, glad it's bringing home the $'s - long live comic book movies!

Whilst the movie didn't knock it out of the park for me (think I enjoyed Dredd far more, for example) I will say the marketing for this this movie was truly first class and perhaps had Dredd had that kind of support it would have performed far better at the box office.
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4:28PM on 02/21/2016
Aaaaaaaand this is what happens when you stick to the source material and not the crap that Singer does.
Aaaaaaaand this is what happens when you stick to the source material and not the crap that Singer does.
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6:11PM on 02/21/2016
Cause his X-Men movies did so poorly at the box office? And X2 is widely regarded as one of the best superhero movies? Those Bryan Singer movies?
Cause his X-Men movies did so poorly at the box office? And X2 is widely regarded as one of the best superhero movies? Those Bryan Singer movies?
6:49PM on 02/21/2016
And who is regarding X2 as being one of the best superhero movies? Explain to me why it's so good? Cuz far as I can see it's always been about Wolverine and Mystique and not a team movie. Sure there are going to be people who loves them, good for them. Spider-Man 3 made a lot of money But doesn't mean it was good. But hey, my opinion right.
And who is regarding X2 as being one of the best superhero movies? Explain to me why it's so good? Cuz far as I can see it's always been about Wolverine and Mystique and not a team movie. Sure there are going to be people who loves them, good for them. Spider-Man 3 made a lot of money But doesn't mean it was good. But hey, my opinion right.
9:28PM on 02/21/2016
well...it has 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. And 8.8 on Metacritic. Obviously some people won't like it..but, I'm gonna have to say that it is one of the higher rated superhero movies out there.
I'm not sure why it matters who it's about. If it's a good movie (according to most people, at least)..it's a good movie. Is there a rule that says X-Men movies have to be team movies? I still saw plenty of screen time for other mutants.
But, that's here nor there. If you don't like it, that's your
well...it has 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. And 8.8 on Metacritic. Obviously some people won't like it..but, I'm gonna have to say that it is one of the higher rated superhero movies out there.
I'm not sure why it matters who it's about. If it's a good movie (according to most people, at least)..it's a good movie. Is there a rule that says X-Men movies have to be team movies? I still saw plenty of screen time for other mutants.
But, that's here nor there. If you don't like it, that's your opinion.
My point was...Bryan Singer's movies, have done just fine at the box office, and overall as movies.
I loved "Deadpool". But, you're acting like you are comparing Singer's "X'Men" to "Fantastic Four". That actually would have been the better argument.
10:14PM on 02/21/2016
X2 is hands down one of the best comic book movies. Most comic book movies are just fan fare drivel with little substance. X2 didn't have much fanfare, but it was just a fantastic story. Too few comic book movies have strong meaningful stories like that. Most superhero films can't stand on there own if you strip away the source material. Probably The Dark Knight and Winter Soldier are the only other comic book movies that stand strong as pure storytelling instead of pure fanfare.
X2 is hands down one of the best comic book movies. Most comic book movies are just fan fare drivel with little substance. X2 didn't have much fanfare, but it was just a fantastic story. Too few comic book movies have strong meaningful stories like that. Most superhero films can't stand on there own if you strip away the source material. Probably The Dark Knight and Winter Soldier are the only other comic book movies that stand strong as pure storytelling instead of pure fanfare.
10:24PM on 02/21/2016
I seriously don't know why people rely on rotten tomatoes to be the authority on what's good and what isn't. I never bother with the site because my taste don't align with a lot of other folks. And what I ACT like is someone who feels that Singers X men arent really all that good. And the movies is called XMEN. X men are a team. Correct me if I'm wrong about that. I want to see a team work together and pool their powers to beat the big baddie. You say all the characters had equal time, I'm
I seriously don't know why people rely on rotten tomatoes to be the authority on what's good and what isn't. I never bother with the site because my taste don't align with a lot of other folks. And what I ACT like is someone who feels that Singers X men arent really all that good. And the movies is called XMEN. X men are a team. Correct me if I'm wrong about that. I want to see a team work together and pool their powers to beat the big baddie. You say all the characters had equal time, I'm sure Cyclops felt the same way in X2, same with Colossus. Hell even Halle threaten to walk if her character didn't get more screen time. If Avengers only focused on Iron man then my argument would be the same. If Justice League only focused on Superman, my argument would be the same. You like the movies, great for you, your opinion. But dont try to tell me about how I feel about the Fox owned comic films. Cuz I know for a fact that I'm not the only one who feels this way. Glad you enjoyed it.
11:00PM on 02/21/2016
Singer doesn't give a flying fuck about x-men. The comics are so amazing especially in the beginning. The characters were so likeable and the stories were epic. It was the top selling book. The villains were incredible and it was just so unique. His movies were very underwhelming. It's not an opinion it's a fact. Go read the xmen comics. Start with giant sized xmen and continue from there. After you read those go back and watch the movies.
He made good movies for people who were not really
Singer doesn't give a flying fuck about x-men. The comics are so amazing especially in the beginning. The characters were so likeable and the stories were epic. It was the top selling book. The villains were incredible and it was just so unique. His movies were very underwhelming. It's not an opinion it's a fact. Go read the xmen comics. Start with giant sized xmen and continue from there. After you read those go back and watch the movies.
He made good movies for people who were not really fans of xmen. While x2 may be a good movie it is not a good xmen movie. Deadpool is the first of the fox movies that captures the spirit of the character. Colossus was probably the best mutant adaptation put to screen.
Oh and Stryker is not the only villain the xmen fought yet he appears in so many of the films. Why does it take 8 films to get apocalypse. The sentinels should've been the second film, not 7th or whatever it was.
Anyway things are back on track.
Ps rotten tomatoes reviewers are probably not big comic readers.
Oh and I am not saying the movies suck I am saying the source material shouldve yielded much better films if the film makers cared about the source material.
11:04PM on 02/21/2016
Oh and mystique and wolverine are not the only characters. And the xmen are a fucking team. I can't believe people would argue against that.
Oh and mystique and wolverine are not the only characters. And the xmen are a fucking team. I can't believe people would argue against that.
11:04PM on 02/21/2016
I'm not telling you what to think. I'm pointing out that X-Men did just fine, compared to Deadpool. Critically, and financially.
You don't like those movies. Fabulous. You aren't alone. Some people hate The Avengers. Everyone has different tastes.
I don't rely on RT to tell me whether a movie is good or not. But when I see almost 90% of people who are paid to critique movies, liked it...I take notice. Especially a comic book movie, which is not always a critic's cup of tea.
If you dont like
I'm not telling you what to think. I'm pointing out that X-Men did just fine, compared to Deadpool. Critically, and financially.
You don't like those movies. Fabulous. You aren't alone. Some people hate The Avengers. Everyone has different tastes.
I don't rely on RT to tell me whether a movie is good or not. But when I see almost 90% of people who are paid to critique movies, liked it...I take notice. Especially a comic book movie, which is not always a critic's cup of tea.
If you dont like Bryan Singer's X-Men, I'm sure Apocalypse will be his last. So, maybe the next director will deliver for you. Unless it's Brett Ratner, of course.
8:35AM on 02/22/2016
Well, as far as Singer's X-Men film go, I (as an X-Fan) think he did a good job in doing movies for viewer not familiar with the Comics while respecting the spirit of the source material.
I can understand why the hard core fans don't agree with his vision, though. Especially with his (and the Studios') commercial choice to put Wolverine, and then Mystique, central to the stories... The 'WOLVERINE and the x-men' thing bothers me as well.
BUT, I still think Singer did a good job in respecting
Well, as far as Singer's X-Men film go, I (as an X-Fan) think he did a good job in doing movies for viewer not familiar with the Comics while respecting the spirit of the source material.
I can understand why the hard core fans don't agree with his vision, though. Especially with his (and the Studios') commercial choice to put Wolverine, and then Mystique, central to the stories... The 'WOLVERINE and the x-men' thing bothers me as well.
BUT, I still think Singer did a good job in respecting fans while entertaining average moviegoers.
My opinion though !
4:18PM on 02/21/2016

4 R-rated films in the top 10

Deadpool, The Witch, How to be single, The Revenant, so 4 R-rated films in the top 10...Not that bad.
Deadpool, The Witch, How to be single, The Revenant, so 4 R-rated films in the top 10...Not that bad.
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1:47PM on 02/21/2016
Deadpool, First Class, and DOFP are clearly the best three films of the X-Men Universe. As much as I love and appreciate most of the X-Men films, apart of me can't wait to get some new blood into the franchise once Singer is done.
Deadpool, First Class, and DOFP are clearly the best three films of the X-Men Universe. As much as I love and appreciate most of the X-Men films, apart of me can't wait to get some new blood into the franchise once Singer is done.
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3:58PM on 02/21/2016
No love for X2?
No love for X2?
4:41PM on 02/21/2016
Singer needed to be done long ago. I've always felt he's never been able to get the look and feel quite right. There's something "cold" about his films. Even his non-X stuff. His XMen movies all just seem kinda off. Couple good scenes but by the end I'm always just "meh". Now Apocalypse seems kinda wrong. Time for some new blood.
Singer needed to be done long ago. I've always felt he's never been able to get the look and feel quite right. There's something "cold" about his films. Even his non-X stuff. His XMen movies all just seem kinda off. Couple good scenes but by the end I'm always just "meh". Now Apocalypse seems kinda wrong. Time for some new blood.
10:30PM on 02/21/2016
@Brigurugi - I agree. Out of all the comic films coming out this year, X men is at the bottom. And I'm a big Marvel fan
@Brigurugi - I agree. Out of all the comic films coming out this year, X men is at the bottom. And I'm a big Marvel fan
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