“Deadpool,” the latest super-hero flick from 20th Century Fox, smashed the Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend box office in record-breaking fashion with an estimated $135 million three-day weekend.
“Deadpool” rewrote the record book this weekend, sailing past Fifty Shades of Grey’s previous February opening weekend record by nearly $45 million, but wait, there’s more: The largest opening for an R-rated film was previously $91.7 million, set by “The Matrix Reloaded” way back in 2003. And the largest opening weekend for an R-rated comic book adaptation was previously set by “300” with $70.8 million, and “Deadpool” left those records in the dust. But that’s not all!
“Deadpool” is the largest opening weekend ever for 20th Century Fox, beating the old record of $108.4 million previously held by “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.” And, this is also the largest opening for star Ryan Reynolds, who let’s face it, needed a box office win badly.
Right now Fox is estimating a $150 million four-day weekend. now it’s only a matter of how much will it end up making once Monday’s official totals are released. But with an “A” CinemaScore, the movie definitely have legs for a few weeks.
“Deadpool” is also doing huge business overseas where the film brought in a whopping $125 million from 61 international markets. No wonder a Deadpool sequel is already in the works.
Then we have this week’s other two new wide releases, New Line and MGM’s “How to be Single” is performing just a bit below expectations, bringing in an estimated $18.7 million for the three-day weekend and the comedy is expected to finish with just over $20 million for the four-day.
The film didn’t exactly score stellar reviews, but it did manage to snag a “B” CinemaScore which isn’t bad. Plus, “How to be Single” brought in $8.1 million internationally this weekend.
Way down the chart we find “Zoolander 2.” The sequel bombed, opening with an estimated $15.6 million along with a “C+” CinemaScore. The weird thing is, the lackluster opening is almost identical to the $15.5 million opening for the first film in 2001, which went on to make just over $45 million.