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‘Deadpool’ dominates again; breaks another box-office record


There looks to be no stopping Deadpool.

The Ryan Reynolds-led big screen adaption of the Marvel Comics anti-hero not only pulled in $55 million for another solid week atop the weekend box office, but it also became the highest grossing domestic X-Men movie of all time. Last week the film opened to a record $135 million to have the best ever opening for a R-rated movie and was easily able to be ranked as one of the most successful superhero movies in history.

Deadpool’s 10-day domestic gross of $235 million puts it just ahead of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand ($234 million) and 2014’s Days of Future Past ($233 million). However, Future Past did remarkably well at the foreign box office and thanks to Deadpool’s R-rating, it may not have to worry about its total run of $747 million being topped anytime soon. Also, Deadpool’s 60 percent drop from week one to week two may give Future Past another reason to breathe easy.

Aside from Deadpool’s healthy draw, the rest of the week’s top films lagged far behind at cash registers across the country. Animated farce Kung Fu Panda 3 held on to the second spot with $12.5 million while biblical epic, Risen had a relatively strong and unexpected showing of $11.8 million to open at No. 3. Sundance Film Fest darling, The Witch, which was written and directed by Robert Eggers also made a surprisingly strong impact as it debuted at No. 4 with $8.6 million despite being independently distributed. And rounding out the top five is the Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson-led rom-com, How to Be Single, which garnered an additional $8.2 million.

Also of note, the Jesse Owens biopic, Race, just missed a top five debut as it opened at No. 6 with $7.2 million.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below:

1. Deadpool – $55M

2. Kung Fu Panda 3 – $12.5M

3. Risen – $11.8M

4. The Witch – $8.6M

5. How To Be Single – $8.2M

6. Race – $7.2M

7. Zoolander 2 – $5.5M

8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $3.83M

9. The Revenant – $3.8M

10. Hail, Caesar! – $2.6M