Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Makes Another Splash with $50 Million-Plus Weekend

'Deadpool' Dominating Box Office with $50
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Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool” is showing plenty of life in its second weekend at the U.S. box office with more than $50 million, according to early estimates Friday.

Fox’s surprise blockbuster should continue to dominate moviegoing this weekend over a trio of newcomers. A24’s horror film “The Witch” looks like the strongest of the three, heading for as much as $13 million while Sony’s religious drama “Risen” is attracting faith-based customers with about $11 million.

Jesse Owens biopic “Race” appears headed for a moderate start with about $8 million for Focus, in line with expectations. “The Witch” may scare up enough business to finish ahead of the fourth weekend of “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which has amassed $105 million so far at the U.S. box office.

“Deadpool,” which grossed $180 million in its first week, should manage to eclipse the combined box office of the next four finishers. It has a shot at becoming the 15th movie in history to take in at least $60 million domestically in its second weekend, leaving it with around $240 million for its first 10 days — higher than all but seven 2015 releases.

“Deadpool” should easily become the highest-grossing movie in Reynolds’ career at the U.S. box office after Friday. “The Croods,” his previous career-high, earned $187 million in 2013.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with ComScore, attributes the R-rated pic’s success to “strong social media buzz and the film’s head scratching, conventional wisdom defying nature has kept it at the forefront of movie coverage.”

“The Witch,” the story of a 17th Century Puritan family that becomes afflicted with evil in the woods, is launching a year after it dazzled the Sundance Film Festival when Robert Eggers won the directing award in the dramatic category. A24 and DirecTV picked up domestic rights for $1 million with plans for a VOD release but opted instead for a traditional theatrical release in 2,046 theaters with strong critical support with an 87% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a Stephen King endorsement.

“The Witch” took in $630,000 in Thursday night previews, followed by “Risen” with $425,000 and “Race” with $210,000.

“The Witch” and “Risen,” starring Joseph Fiennes as a Roman tribune investigating reports of Jesus’ resurrection, look likely to take in about $4 million each on Friday. Directed by “Waterworld” helmer  Kevin Reynolds, “Risen” is being handled by Sony’s faith-based label Affirm at 2,915 theaters.

“Risen” carries a $20 million budget and was produced with LD Entertainment.

“Race,” which is playing at 2,369 locations, stars Stephan James as Owens in the inspirational story of his winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and repudiating Adolf Hitler’s assertions of Aryan supremacy. Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten and William Hurt also star.

Focus Features bought domestic rights for $5 million.

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  1. Brollick says:

    This movie came 10 years too late. Ryan should have been playing the role a long time ago before Deadpool was famous. I find it funny how people claim to know the demographics for the audience of this movie and if all movies intent to entertain are doing their job. (Cue Micheal Bay 5th Transformers installment) Not to say this is Scorcese’s finest work but a 3D Artist who directs video game trailers potential that recognizes the intended characters more than Nolans overly script heavy practical effects poorly shot mundane over-rated portrayal of iconic characters. O Gee, it’s no wonder they made a killing at the box office, greenlit a sequal, and Fox is considering an adult Wolverine.

  2. loco73 says:

    Well I guess people drank the kool-aid and bough wholesale into the artificial, artfully and skillfully created hype about the coolness, imagination and creativity of this fetid piece of shit, “DumbPool”. Much like “Mad Max Fury Road” and “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”, overwrought and overhyped turds in their own rights, people desperate to grasp at even the faintest wisps of originality, have fully anointed “DumpPool”, a pedestrian cinematic mediocrity at best, as the next “big thing”

    This is what passes for cinematic quality these days, extolling virtues on mediocrity.

  3. b splutter says:

    take it im the only person who was disappointed in this over-hyped almost smug average film

  4. Christina says:

    The link to this article said something about how Fox made this movie a blockbuster. Screw Fox. They didn’t even want to make the movie, and they threw as little money at it as they possibly could. No, Ryan Reynolds made this movie entirely what it is – and I’m not even an RR fan.

  5. TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

    This movie works for two reasons. It has a curious anti heroic title and has struck a chord with Internet fanboys. I think what they were trying to do is take a net flame war video game mentality and translate that to film to attract kids who otherwise live online. This is a movie for digital keyboard warriors who will say anything anonymously in cyberspace and get a kick out of a superhero who kicks ass and acts like an insult comic.

    • JustMe says:

      I am not an Internet fanboy, nor do I have a video game mentality. You should probably actually see it and maybe take a glance at the multi-dimensional audiences it’s pulling in before making such statements.

      • TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

        Lighten up. Stop taking movies so seriously fans of showbiz generation suck. It’s a toy movie for obnoxious web kids who like profanity with their gratuitous violence. .

    • Chris says:

      The way you are slandering people that like the deadpool movie while you are hiding anonymously in cyberspace you mean? =)

  6. Alex says:

    So they think it’s going to make this weekend what they thought it was going to make last weekend, now watch it make more then that.

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