Weekend Box Office
Deadpool came in at first place for the third weekend in a row, with $31.12 million. The R-rated superhero film has a current domestic gross of $285.25 million, making it the third highest grossing R-rated film of all-time. It has a slim shot at passing American Sniper ($350 million) and The Passion of the Christ ($370 million), given March competition such as Zootopia, London Has Fallen, and Batman v. Superman, but third highest-grossing R-rated film and highest-grossing X-Men film is certainly something Fox is already proud of.
Falling way back in second place is Gods of Egypt, opening to $14.12 million. Its opening is only 10% the size of the film’s budget, but it’s considered as having opened better than expected. No doubt the film’s box office was affected by the negative word of mouth, the poor marketing, and the fact that it’s another recent film about Egypt that stars a lot of white people. Gods of Egypt will probably be go down as a notable failure in 2016.
Kung Fu Panda 3 took in $8.90 million over the weekend. The film has grossed $128.35 million in its first month of release, and while that doesn’t make it the biggest film in the series, it still has proved itself a worthy instalment, both critically and financially.
Risen dropped to fourth place with its weekend gross of $6.82 million. The film has grossed $22.52 million in its ten days of release, which is much better than expected.
Rounding out the top five, Triple 9 opened with $6.11 million. Estimates initially placed Fox’s Eddie the Eagle to come out on top, but Triple 9 proved to be the better opener this weekend. While the film is Director John Hillcoat’s second biggest opening (behind Lawless‘ $10 million opening in 2012), it did fall extremely short of pre-release expectations.
Deadpool took in another $40 million in 74 overseas territories. Its worldwide total is at $609.7 million, making it the second highest-grossing X-Men film worldwide (just behind X-Men: Days of Future Past’s $747.9 million).
Disney’s Zootopia added another $30.0 million from 31 different overseas territories in its pre-domestic release. The film has grossed $81.4 million worldwide.
Let me do my best Gerard Butler and take a stab at next week’s box office.
2.) London Has Fallen
3.) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
5.) Kung Fu Panda 3
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