Entertainment

Deadpool racks up global box office earnings exceeding $490M

The hilarious comic-book inspired film Deadpool dominated at the box office for a second consecutive weekend, racking up $55 million US.

Film starring Ryan Reynolds skewers superhero genre

The R-rated film starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed mercenary is gory but comedic, and continues to be box office gold. (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp/Associated Press)

Marvel's R-rated antihero smash Deadpool continued to dominate movie theatres over the weekend, earning an estimated $55 million US and trouncing a trio of newcomers.

In Deadpool, Morena Baccarin (right) is one of the more sexually liberated girlfriends in Marvel Comics-inspired movie history. (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp./Associated Press)

After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut, the comic book adaptation from 20th Century Fox starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed mercenary again topped the North American box office.

Having already grossed $235.4 million domestically, Deadpool — made for just $58 million — is poised to become one of the most successful R-rated movies ever.

Globally, the film — now certain to spawn a franchise of its own — has made $491.1 million thus far.

CSI-like Jesus movie opens

Among new releases, the faith-based drama Risen debuted with $11.8 million. The film, in which Joseph Fiennes plays a Roman soldier investigating the death and resurrection of Jesus, was made for about $20 million by Sony's Affirm label, which targets evangelical Christian moviegoers.

A24's critically acclaimed Puritan thriller The Witch opened with $8.7 million, marking the biggest opening of the indie label behind the Oscar-nominated drama Room. A24 celebrated Robert Eggers' directorial debut — an austere 1600s horror film, rigorously authentic to the period — as not only the company's biggest weekend in its three-year history, but one that put The Witch on course to be "the most successful film of all time with a goat in a starring role."

It may have been too art house for some horror fans, though, as The Witch received a poor C-minus CinemaScore from audiences.

Kung Fu Panda 3 debuts in 3rd spot

The Jesse Owens biopic from Focus Features, Race, struggled to find its footing with $7.3 million. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, Race stars Stephan James as the Olympic sprinter.

Edging out the three debuts was Fox's Kung Fu Panda 3, which made $12.5 million in its fourth weekend. The animated sequel, which has made $117.1 million in total, will lose its near-exclusive window of family moviegoing next weekend when Disney's Zootopia opens. That film has already begun its overseas rollout, where it made $31.2 million from 22 territories over the weekend.

The estimated ticket sales were tallied from Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now