In terms of R-rated movies, "Deadpool", now in sixth place, is quickly racing to the top of the all time domestic list, with "The Hangover Part II" ($254 million), "The Hangover" ($277 million), and "The Matrix Reloaded" ($281 million) all within easy reach.
The movie, which sees Ryan Reynolds in the title role, took a further $55 million in its second weekend on release to easily hold off the challenge from animation film Kung Fu Panda 3.
Sony's Affirm Films and LD Entertainment, which financed the $20 million "Risen", can take pride in the movie's debut, which was among the best ever for a faith-based film. Case in point, The Witch was produced on a budget of just $3.5 million, so the fact that it opened at No. 4 this weekend with $8.7 million isn't the heartbreak it would have been were this a more expensive film. Focus Features' Race, another newcomer, followed with $7.2 million on its opening weekend.
Risen, the religious-themed film about the resurrection of Christ, brought in $11.8 million in its opening weekend, which is just about what was expected.
Last week's box-office champ Deadpool pulverized the competition once again, snagging another $55 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates from tracking firm comScore. By now, Deadpool has cleared more than $500 million following its global release.
A24's horror film "The Witch" scared up $630,000 from 1,600 domestic screens, while faith-based drama "Risen" started the weekend off with $425,000 from 2,329 locations. Set in a city of anthropomorphic animals, the family film has made US$39 million globally and is now screening in 222 territories, including such major markets as France, Italy, South Korea and Mexico.
It may have been too much like an art house film for some horror fans, though, as "The Witch" received a poor C-minus CinemaScore from audiences. "Race" was directed by Stephen Hopkins and written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Stephan James stars as Owens, who overcame adversity to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Germany, where he was confronted with Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Overseas, it added $4.8 million for a $17.1 million foreign total and worldwide cume of $40.8 million. Overseas, "Panda 3" has collected $162.6 million, giving it a worldwide total of $279.7 million.
Rounding out the top five, moviegoers continued to make a date with How to Be Single.