Not only that but a recent update on "Deadpool's" worldwide earnings came in, stating that the February 12 movie premiere garnered a total of $491 million, making it the second highest grossing X-Men film after overtaking "The Last Stand". A final gross near $50 million is possible. Considering the film cost only $5 million to make, it has to be considered a win for Focus Features, but not by much. And the movie's cume in the United Kingdom has swelled to $36.9 million.
Among new releases, the faith-based drama "Risen", starring Joseph Fiennes, debuted with $11.8 million for Sony. "This is a genre we're embracing", said Rory Bruer, distribution chief for Sony, also home of Heaven Is Real and the upcoming Miracles From Heaven. Gaining better-than-average critical praise than most faith-based films, it still has a rocky financial start with its heftier-than-average $20 million budget. "We believe this film will play and play through Easter".
Some might question the legitimacy of this record, considering that the "Merc with a Mouth" himself utterly declined to become a member of the mutant hero team, although the film does have two X-Men members in it.
Landing in second place and beating the three new releases was Fox and DreamWorks Animation's holdover "Kung Fu Panda 3".
Behind "Deadpool" is kid-friendly stalwart "Kung Fu Panda 3", which generated $3 million on Friday and ought to wrap up the weekend with $12 million, pushing its domestic cume past $115 million. Po and his pals have one more weekend at the multiplexes to themselves until Disney's Zootopia arrives on the scene March 4. The film opened across 2,369 locations but failed to break the top-five. New releases Risen and The Witch followed in third and fourth, respectively.
In eighth with $3.8 million is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is beginning to wrap up its theatrical run. "The Witch" was written and directed by Robert Eggers, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie. By the same token, the Jesse Owens biopic, Race, opened $7.3 million off of a budget of $5 million.
Last weekend's freshman comedy How To Be Single is in fifth place just ahead of new release Race.
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.
"Deadpool" has pulled in an estimated $235.4 million domestically, along with a strong global showing. The film brought in $8.6 million in its debut weekend. Its estimated gross is $117.1 million domestically. France was the top opener offshore with $2.1 million. 1 slot again this weekend.