Written by Staff Writer
16 Feb, 2016 | 2:53 pm
Marvel’s latest super hero flick, “Deadpool”, conquered the North American weekend box office, shattering its box office expectations and setting a record-breaking President’s Day weekend for the movie studios.
The film was expected to earn $67 million this weekend but raked in an estimated $135 million over just the first three days of the four-day holiday weekend, according to data analysts. It was set to bring in a massive four-day total of $150, according to assessments by veteran box office tracker Paul Dergarabedian.
The film, starring Ryan Reynolds, follows the title character anti-hero as he hunts down the man that nearly destroyed his life.
Critics have loved the film. The Washington Post wrote, “It’s a voraciously self-aware comedy, one that dines out on the inherent inanity of its own premise as much as it does the movies it’s competing with.”
Holding over from previous weeks, “Kung Fu Panda 3” came in second place at the weekend box office with another estimated $20 million added to its international earnings of $203 million.
In third place at the box office this weekend was the debut comedy, “How To Be Single,” which stars Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson as two women searching for love in New York City.
The film took in nearly $19 million, somewhat surpassing its earlier weekend estimate of $14 million.
Reviews have been poor. Us Weekly said, “It’s OK to go and enjoy this sugar-coated Girls Night Out flick. But don’t be surprised if you’re just not that into it.”
Also new this weekend was the sequel “Zoolander 2,” featuring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the male models made famous in the 2001 film.
Critics have been harsh. The Boston Herald wrote, “Enough already. A tiresome exercise in pointless celebrity cameos.” The film was predicted to make $19 million this weekend but came shy of that with an estimated $15.7 million in ticket sales.
Meanwhile, “Hail, Caesar,” added another 6.7 million to its global earnings of 13 million.
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