Audiences sent Ryan Reynolds an incredible love letter this weekend at the box office, while two new releases failed to catch on at theatres. Here’s what went down:
Deadpool, the hard-R passion project for Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller, had an absolutely astounding debut this weekend, bringing in an estimated $135 million, shattering the box office record for February releases, as well as becoming the biggest R-rated opening ever. While many anticipated the film would do well, based on the marketing and its attachment to the X-Men movie universe, this number wasn’t even in the conversation until audiences started turning out in droves. There’s a fine chance the film will wind up with more than $200 million in North America alone, which means Reynolds is finally on the right side of a franchise. Hard work, perseverance and Fox’s willingness to go against the grain all have made Deadpool a fantastic success story.
As for the rest of the top five, Kung Fu Panda 3 was in second place with $19.65 million, as it hit the magic $100 million mark. How To Be Single debut in third with $18.7 million, a fairly uninspired number, especially over Valentine’s Day weekend. However, it still managed to come ahead of Zoolander 2, that film barely overcoming horrible reviews to land in fourth place with $15.6 million. Finally, The Revenant closed things out in fifth place with $6.9 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Deadpool – $60 million
2) Kung Fu Panda 3 – $19 million
3) How To Be Single – $18 million
4) Zoolander 2 – $16 million
5) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $7.5 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) Deadpool – $135 million
2) Kung Fu Panda 3 – $19.65 million
3) How To Be Single – $18.7 million
4) Zoolander 2 – $15.6 million
5) The Revenant – $6.9 million
Next weekend sees the release of Race, Risen and The Witch. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!
One Reply to “Deadpool breaks records at the box office”
Maybe now superhero movies will be a little more than cookie-cutter copies of each other, with different coloured tights/leather pants.
Guardians of the Galaxy certainly started the trend, and and on the small screen (computer or otherwise 🙂 ) Daredevil and Jessica Jones also treated their audiences as grown-ups and not stereotypical fangirls/boys.
There’s a place for the tamer format, (even though it’s starting to feel a little faded/jaded) but now the genre is for grown-ups too.
Bring it on, I say! 😀