Newcomers flopped their way into theaters this weekend at the box office, which was great news for Marvel’s famous Merc With a Mouth.
Pulling off the three-peat is Deadpool with $31.5 million. There isn’t much left to say about the film’s jaw-dropping commercial run at this point. It continues to post high numbers thanks to its limited competition and widespread appeal. Deadpool is now up to $285.6 million domestically and $609.8 million globally. Time will tell if it can reach the $1 billion plateau, but it certainly has a good chance of pulling that off.
Debuting in second is the bomb Gods of Egypt (read our review), which could only manage $14 million in its first three days. The film opened to very little fan fare, and was not helped out by the critical drubbing it took or the infamous whitewashing controversy in regards to its cast. There was very little incentive to see it in theaters, paving the way for a low opening. It probably managed to beat the week’s other new releases due to the marketing being visible and morbid curiosity. However, there weren’t nearly enough people up for seeing it, and Gods of Egypt will likely begin to fade away.
Coming in third is Kung Fu Panda 3 with $9 million. The animated sequel has now grossed $128.4 million in the States.
In fourth is religious drama Risen, which made $7 million in its second weekend. The film is now up to $22.7 million domestically
Rounding out the top five is Eddie the Eagle (read our review) with just $6.3 million during its opening weekend. The inspirational sports drama featured two well-received leading performances from Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, but could not find a way to draw in larger crowds. The most likely culprit was the subject matter, as Olympic ski jumping doesn’t seem to be a hot selling point. The good news for Fox is that the film cost only $23 million to produce, but it has an uphill climb to get to profitability.
Opening in sixth is heist film Triple 9 (read our review), which brought in a meager $6.1 million in its first three days. Despite decent reviews and an all-star ensemble cast, the project did not have much appeal to casual viewers. With demand already this low, the movie probably won’t be able to turn things around and fall out of theaters relatively quickly.
How to be Single comes at #7 with $5.1 million. The rom-com is now up to $39.6 million domestically.
Coming at #8 is The Witch. The horror film made $5 million in its second weekend to raise its domestic total to $16.6 million.
Race is the #9 film with $4.2 million. The Jesse Owens biopic has now made just $13.8 million in its theatrical run.
Finishing off the top 10 is Oscar contender The Revenant with $3.8 million. The revenge drama is up to $170.5 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, February 29 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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