Last weekend’s hero Deadpool is once more the movie to be talked about. In its second weekend, it fell by an estimated 58.5% to collect $55 million from North America. That’s the kind of fall you expect from movies with such massive openings; it is even better than the 64.5% second weekend drop seen by X-Men: Days of Future Past. What is even more incredible is that Deadpool has earned $235.4 million in North America alone over 10 days which already makes it the biggest domestic movie of the X-Men series edging out X-Men: The Last Stand. Worldwide, Deadpool has collected close to $492 million which makes it the second biggest movie of the franchise with a bit more work to do to catch up with the $748 million collection of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Despite not having a release in China, Deadpool has seen fantastic box-office earnings across the globe, already making it one of the best return-on-investment generating movies of the superhero genre (the production budget was after all a ‘modest’ $58 million). The merc with a mouth is laughing all the way!
Of the three new wide releases, the faith-based movie Risen had the best opening with $11.8 million. It is a fairly decent opening for a $20 million budget movie but not in the same league as 2014’s Son of God ($25.6 million) and Heaven is for Real ($22.5 million). While the former had dipped sharply in the subsequent weeks, the latter saw great holding power that led to total domestic box-office collections of $91 million as against about $60 million for the former. Risen on the other hand has seen a softer opening and if it isn’t able to hang on strongly enough then we are likely to end up with sub-$50 million collections. The horror film The Witch has created some great positive buzz and holds an 88% score on Rottentomatoes. It opened with $8.7 million which is fairly good for a $3.5 million budget movie. Comparing with last year’s acclaimed horror film It Follows, The Witch has a better per theatre average of $4,245 as against $3,129. It would be interesting to see how the movie holds up in the second weekend as horror movies tend to see very sharp falls.
The Jesse Owens biopic titled Race opened outside the top 5 in North America earning $7.3 million as against its low production budget of $5 million. The movie holds a 61% score on Rottentomatoes, which is neither too good nor too bad, and I do not expect the movie to do much than maybe finish somewhere around the $20 million mark. People interested in Owens’ legendary story around the 1936 Olympics or maybe even just sports biopic might be pulling it from the shelves when the DVD version is out. Kung Fu Panda 3 remains firmly at second spot on the box-office charts and has now inched closer to $300 million worldwide. Apart from Deadpool, the other releases from last weekend – How to be Single and Zoolander 2 – fell by more than 50% in North America and are doing modest business globally too, nothing much to talk about here.
Here are the top 5 weekend earners at the US box-office (estimates):
1. Deadpool ($55.0 million; second weekend)
2. Kung Fu Panda 3 ($12.5 million; fourth weekend)
3. Risen ($11.8 million)
4. The Witch ($8.7 million)
5. How to be Single ($8.2 million; second weekend)