“Deadpool” took the number one spot at the weekend box office for the second weekend in a row, crossing $235 million domestically. Feel free to enter your facotire curse word here.
The R-rated “Deadpool” brought in an estimated $55 million in its second weekend, a 58.5% drop from last weekend. Now, that drop looks bad on paper, but its well within expectations, and the drop is much better than last year’s Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend top dog, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which dropped a massive 73.9%.
The X-Men spin off is also doing big business overseas. This weekend alone, , “Deadpool” took in an estimated $85 million internationally, bringing its overseas total to $256.5 million. Combined with its estimated $235.4 million domestic total, the film currently sits at $491.9 million in less than two weeks.
Domestically, “Deadpool” has now grossed more than most of the X-Men movies (not adjusted for inflation) and is only second to 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($747.9m) worldwide.
The first of the weekend’s new releases on the domestic chart is Sony’s “Risen,” which brought in an estimated $11.8 million along with a solid “A-” CinemaScore. Not huge numbers by any means, but a third place finish is pretty damn good.
The film should play well with its core audience through March and into early April, assuming thee studio keeps promoting the movie. And for what its worth, “Risen” scored one of the biggest faith-based openings of all-time.
Next up we have “The Witch,” which delivered the best opening ever in A24’s young history. The horror film delivered an estimated $8.68 million in its first three days from 2,046 theaters. But where it goes from here is anyone’s guess as the movie earned a poor “C-” CinemaScore.
The last of the weekend’s new wide releases, “Race,” finished in a distant sixth place, with an estimated $7.27 million from 2,369 theaters. The Jesse Owens biopic scored the weekend’s highest CinemaScore of an “A” and played to an audience that was 51% female vs. 49% male, of which 76% was age 25 years old and up.
The weak debut has to be disappointing for Focus Features, but they have nobody to blame for themselves. Their marketing department (I feel) dropped the ball on this one. “Race” didn’t get the marketing push it deserved, and maybe it didn’t help this guy was cast in a such an important movie:
He’s a very talented and funny guy, but this was probably not the right movie for him to be in.