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‘Deadpool’ Nears $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Deadpool” is a certified global phenomenon.

The violent comic-book movie isn’t getting lost in translation, topping the foreign box office for the second weekend in a row to the tune of $85 million. Given that its worldwide total stands at $491.7 million, “Deadpool” should cross the $500 million mark at some point on Monday.

The film about a wise-cracking mercenary opened in first place in 17 new markets, including South Korea with $12 million, Spain with $4.1 million and Italy with a $3.3 million haul. Moviegoers seem to be embracing the foul-mouthed title character played by Ryan Reynolds, but the four-letter words and blood-letting did come at a price. “Deadpool” has been banned in China, the world’s second-largest film market. Fox produced “Deadpool” for $58 million.

In second place, the Chinese fantasy “The Mermaid” became the highest-grossing film in the country’s history after earning $56 million. Its global total stands at $421 million, pushing it past previous record-holder “Monster Hunt,” which earned $374 million last year.

Disney’s “Zootopia” took third place with $31.2 million ahead of its U.S. opening next month. Set in a city of anthropomorphic animals, the family film has made $39 million globally and is now screening in 222 territories, including such major markets as France, Italy, Korea and Mexico.

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny,” a sequel to the 2000 Oscar winner, and “The Monkey King 2,” a follow-up to the 2014 Chinese hit, rounded out the top five. The “Crouching Tiger” installment opened to $21 million, while the second “Monkey King” earned $13 million, pushing its haul to $157.6 million.

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