Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Defeats ‘The Witch’ With $55 Million, ‘Risen’ Impresses
Deadpool reigns supreme in his second weekend at the box office, defeating horror newcomer The Witch and faith-based drama Risen to take the No. 1 spot.
With $55 million, Deadpool easily claimed the top spot, and managed to surpass $200 million domestically in the process. This is the fastest any R-rated movie has achieved this feat, doing so in just nine days. Its current domestic total is a staggering $235.4 million. And the news is even better overseas, as the film earned $85 million to bring its international gross to $256.3 million. In short, Deadpool is on track to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time, as its current worldwide box office total is $491.7 million, just $250.4 million away from the record set by The Matrix Reloaded, which earned $742.1 million by the end of its run.
Naturally, the box office race this weekend wasn’t even close, with the newcomers mostly fizzling in comparison to Deadpool. With that said, there are some impressive numbers to report.
Biblical resurrection drama Risen earned $11.8 million to become one of the biggest debuts of all-time for a faith-based film. The movie stars Joseph Fiennes as a Roman soldier named Clavius, who must investigate the mystery of Jesus’ disappearance, and reports of his supposed resurrection. Considering we’re in the middle of Lent, it shouldn’t be too big a surprise the movie did strong business, although some would probably argue this would have done better closer to Easter. But it’s hard to argue with these numbers, since this is already on track to recoup its modest $20 million budget.
Both of this weekend’s major newcomers succeeded largely by having very low bars to clear, which isn’t a knock on the films themselves. If anything, it’s a credit to the savvy of the studios. Case in point, The Witch was produced on a budget of just $3.5 million, so the fact that it opened at No. 4 this weekend with $8.7 million isn’t the heartbreak it would have been were this a more expensive film. By the same token, the Jesse Owens biopic, Race, opened $7.3 million off of a budget of $5 million. Sure, these aren’t spectacular numbers, but they never really had to be in order to satisfy their respective studios (in this case, A24 and Focus Features, respectively).
As for the rest of the major movies in the conversation, Kung Fu Panda 3 remained strong at No. 2 with $12.5 million to bring its domestic total to $117.1 million, while Zoolander 2 continued its freefall, earning just $5.5 million in its second weekend to come in at No. 7.
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 02/22/2016
2. Kung Fu Panda 3
4. The Witch
5. How to Be Single
7. Zoolander 2
8. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
9. The Revenant
10. Hail, Caesar!
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
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