Box Office Report: “Deadpool” is highest R-rated opening and February release

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(FEBRUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 14, 2016 estimates)
Last Weekend

  1. Deadpool (Opening) – $135,050,000
  2. Kung Fu Panda 3 (Week 3) – $19,650,000
  3. How To Be Single (Opening) – $18,750,000
  4. Zoolander 2 (Opening) – $15,650,000
  5. The Revenant (Week 8) – $6,900,000
  6. Hail, Caesar! (Week 2) – $6,590,000
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Week 9) – $6,194,000
  8. The Choice (Week 2) – $5,250,000
  9. Ride Along 2 (Week 5) – $4,130,000
  10. The Boy (Week 4) – $2,913,000


  • Looks like that false advertising work. Couples went in droves to go see Deadpool. But really, this is the ultimate fan service and it delivered, even though Deadpool isn’t a mainstream superhero (yet). That didn’t stop Guardians of the Galaxy from being a success, and this was bigger than its $94M Summer opening. In fact, it’s an opening that even surpasses Iron Man 2. In fact – the only Marvel films it doesn’t beat are the Avengers pair, Iron Man 3 and Spider-Man 3. That’s extraordinary. Deadpool even made an extra $125M worldwide bringing it’s worldwide opening up to $260M which is nearly five times its $58M budget. Good idea, Mr. Reynolds. It beat Fifty Shades of Grey‘s February record of $85M and The Matrix Reloaded‘s R-rated record of $91M. Really remarkable, considering before the weekend we thought it would struggle against Zoolander 2.
  • But even Kung Fu Panda 3 had the more accessible comedies beaten. It was a good weekend for the box office with only one film dropping significantly. Panda dropped 7.5% and has made $93M so far and $256M worldwide. Weird to think that Deadpool smashed that in just 3 days compared to Panda‘s 3 weeks since it’s a more ingrained franchise and demands several tickets per family trip.
  • How To Be Single wasn’t as kind to Dakota Johnson on Valentine’s Day as it was last year. Still, half-decent for what it is and for the type of reviews it got. I should end up around $50M or so.
  • Despite aggressive and pretty inventive marketing that promised a bit more of a social mirror than the film was, Zoolander 2 follows in the floppy footsteps of the first film making pretty much exactly the same amount. Unfortunately for Ben Stiller, the 2001 dollar is worth more than the 2016 dollar, so that’s not treading water. Poor reviews puts its future in a bad state, probably not due to be a cult classic though. More Dumb and Dumber To. Remember that?
  • The Revenant is now the film closest to that Best Picture trophy and it’s continuing to payoff. Dropping just 0.6%, the film has made $159M so far. It’s now surpassed Mad Max: Fury Road‘s $153M as the second highest grossing Best Picture nominee behind The Martian. Big win for Fox this year, even though what we thought would be their biggest player some months ago, Joy, went nowhere. The Revenant has made $361M worldwide.
  • Hail, Caesar!, the weeks biggest casualty for ostensibly not delivering what the commercials promised, dropped 42%. It’s made $21M so far.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens drops from the top 5 for the first time in nearly 2 months. It’s going to be a slow descent, most certainly to be pushed out by new releases, as it dropped 11.2% 6 weeks until the DVD release though. It’s made $914M domestically and $2.026B worldwide. $160M to go to beat Titanic.
  • The Choice, the one non-comic romance film in the top 10, benefits somewhat from the Hallmark theme of this weekend and although it dropped 13.2% it’s only made $13M so far.
  • Ride Along 2 dropped 9.4% and has made $82M so far.
  • The Boy dropped 28.7% and has made $30M so far.


  • In other news, Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next made shy of $1M this weekend with a theater average of $3k but as Moore was just taken into intensive care this past week it most likely hindered the film’s potential.
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is proving how zombies have fallen out of fancy on the big screen, dropping 53% and making less than $1k per theater. It still hasn’t crossed $10M.
  • The Big Short is up to $65M.
  • Brooklyn is up to $34M.
  • Spotlight is up to $37M.
  • Carol is up to $12M.
  • The Danish Girl is up to $10M.
  • The Hateful Eight is pretty much settling around as expected at $53M. An additional $78M internationally bumps the worldwide gross up to a respectable $131M though.
  • Joy is levelling out to $56M. The $42M internationally is pushing it very close to $100M, but it may just miss it.
  • Anomalisa made it to $2.3M, $700k shy of Synecdoche New York’s poor performance. Guys, go see Kaufman films.


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