'Deadpool' Takes in Another $55 Million

'Deadpool' Takes in Another $55 Million

By Robert Dougherty Feb 22, 2016 02:45 PM
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Continuing its box office reign, Deadpool destroyed all competition in its second weekend. Nonetheless, it wasn't an exact repeat, since this wasn't an extended four-day weekend and the final margin of victory was well under $100 million. Yet despite a drop off, nothing stood in the way of the first $200+ million film of 2016.

Deadpool fell by 58.5 percent from its first three days, but still made another estimated $55 million -- nearly 4 1/2 times more than second place finisher Kung Fu Panda 3. With that, the first superhero film of the year set the bar a little higher with $235+ million domestic in its first 10 days.

Hollywood needed it to do so, since no other film this weekend made more than $12.5 million. While Kung Fu Panda 3 still hasn't dropped lower than second in its first four weekends, it only has $117 million overall and is below the pace of its predecessors.

As for newer films, Risen and its take on Christ's resurrection held off the surging The Witch and its satantic Puritan-era chills for third place, by $11.8 million to $8.6 million. Even so, The Witch had the biggest opening weekend ever for the A24 studio, a week before it likely gets its first major Oscar win for Brie Larson in Room. In the meantime, Race finished in last place among the new movies and sixth overall with $7.2 million.

Last week's new films all dropped 50 percent or more this weekend, including Deadpool. Zoolander 2 had it worse as the struggling sequel declined by 60 percent with a $5.5 million, seventh place finish. As it turns out, the movie with the smallest drop in its second week was How To Be Single, falling by 54 percent to fifth place with $8.2 million.

Still, Presidents Day weekend 2016 will be forever defined by Deadpool, as future weekends and milestones will keep rubbing it in. The only question is how much further it can go, although it stands to be untouchable at the box office for just one weekend more.

Tags: Deadpool (2016), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), Risen (2016), The Witch (2016), How to Be Single (2016), Race (2016), Zoolander 2 (2016)
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