After breaking box office records in its debut last weekend, most expected Deadpool to remain on top in its second frame, facing three new movies opening in wide release. This unconventional superhero movie squared off against Focus Features' biopic Race, Sony's drama Risen and A24's critically-acclaimed horror-thriller The Witch. But, as expected, the numbers from Box Office Mojo reveal that none of them came close to dethroning the Merc With the Mouth. Deadpool dominated once again with a second-weekend total of $55 million.
While the opening weekend numbers are obviously of critical importance to any movie's success, the second weekend often indicates how much longevity a film may have in theaters. Deadpool is still riding high on plenty of critical buzz (84% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and positive word-of-mouth. The movie dropped 58.5% in its second weekend, despite being shown in 164 more theaters for a theater count of 3,722. A second-weekend drop between 50% and 60% is becoming par for the course for blockbusters like Deadpool, but it's still a tad on the high side. Kung Fu Panda 3 remained in second place with $12.5 million, followed by Risen in third with $11.8 million, The Witch in fourth place with $8.6 million and How to Be Single rounding out the top 5 with $8.2 million. The third newcomer, Race, opened in sixth place with $7.2 million
After receiving a slew of positive reviews, Deadpool shattered the record for highest grossing R-rated opening weekend of $91.7 million, held for 13 years by The Matrix Reloaded. It also broke Fifty Shades of Grey's February record of $85.1 million, along with its four-day President's Day weekend record ($93 million), the record for highest-grossing R-rated comic book adaptation (300, $70.8 million), largest winter opening weekend (American Sniper, $89.2 million) and it became the biggest opening ever for 20th Century Fox, surpassing 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith record of $108.4 million.
Deadpool's domestic tally is now $235.3 million, with an additional $256.5 million internationally for a worldwide total of $491.8 million. The movie was produced on just a $58 million budget, which is quite low for your average superhero movie. It's also worth noting that, last month, early projections predicted the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will earn $154 million on its opening weekend, and that's with a PG-13 rating and two of the most beloved heroes on the planet featured in the same movie. Obviously, those numbers could, and most likely will, change, especially since Deadpool's early projections put it between $55 million and $60 million. Still, for Deadpool to earn so much with the restrictive R rating, opening higher than all of the other X-Men movies, it could provide a wake-up call to studios that may lead to more R-rated fare.
The faith-based drama Risen tells the epic New Testament story of the first forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ through the eyes of an agnostic Roman Centurion charged by Pontius Pilate to investigate rumors of a risen Jewish Messiah and locate the missing deceased body of Jesus of Nazareth in order to subdue an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. The film boasts an impressive cast including Tom Felton, Joseph Fiennes, Cliff Curtis and Stephen Greif. Kevin Reynolds writes and directs his first film in a decade, following 2006's Tristan & Isolde.
Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man's fight to become an Olympic legend. Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, Amanda Crew, William Hurt headline a stellar cast in this true story biopic, directed by Stephen Hopkins.
Rounding out the top 10 this weekend are Race ($7.2 million), Zoolander 2 ($5.5 million), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($3.83 million), The Revenant ($3.8 million) and Hail, Caesar! ($2.6 million). The Witch has an impressive 87% RT score, wowing critics on the festival circuit all last year after debuting at Sundance. Risen has a 59% RT score, with Race posting a 60% score. The Witch is set in the early 1600s, decades before the Salem Witch Trials, centering on an English farmer who relocates his family to a plot of land on the edge of a forest, where a supernatural presence is said to lurk. Newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy stars as the farmer's teenager daughter Thomasin, who has been accused of being a witch in this shocking thriller from writer-director Robert Eggers. Also opening in limited release is Embrace of the Serpent, Neerja and Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer.
Looking ahead to next weekend, three new movies will head to theaters, 20th Century Fox's true story adaptation Eddie the Eagle, Lionsgate's action-thriller Gods of Egypt and Open Road Films' crime thriller Triple 9. Also opening in limited release is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, which will also debut simultaneously on Netflix, a re-issue of Akira Kurosawa's Ran and Tere Bin Laden - Dead Or Alive. Take a look at the box office estimates for this weekend, and check back on Tuesday for next week's predictions.
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