Weekend box office: Deadpool has an amazing opening but Zoolander 2 struggles

The incredible success of DEADPOOL should give hope to a lot of people out there.  It’s amazing that an R-rated comic book movie can manage a $120+ million opening at the weekend box office, which means we could be in line for some grittier, more adult oriented movies in the future.  If you’re a fan of Fox’s comic book properties (X-Men, Fantastic Four) and feel jaded with their uneven history, then maybe DEADPOOL is the film that will turn the tides at Fox and will allow them to take some chances and hire directors that truly love the source material.  Finally, it must be good to be Ryan Reynolds because this is the first real hit of his career and his love of the character is a big reason the film is a success.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is ZOOLANDER 2, which barely mustered a $13 million opening.  Everyone loves the original ZOOLANDER, but the sequel is a good 10 years too late.

Next week sees the release of a few movies I don’t think the studios have any idea what to do with.  First up is RACE, starring Stephan James and Jason Sudeikis.  Jesse Owens’ story is one of the best athlete stories of all time, so it will be interesting to see how they handle it.  We also get the religious film RISEN along with the very non-religious horror film THE WITCH.  There are no other horror films or feel-good movies at the box office right now, so there’s hope for THE WITCH and RACE, but I can’t see either of them beating DEADPOOL.  The hype isn’t going to die down any time soon and audiences seem to be loving it, so I expect it to take the top spot again next week.  Note: the numbers below are for the three day weekend and will be updated as they become final.

1. Deadpool $121.2m

2. Kung Fu Panda 3 $21.1m

3. How to be Single $19.7m

4. Zoolander 2 $13.6m

5. Hail, Caesar $6.4m

6. The Revenant $6.1m

7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6m

8. The Choice $4.5m

9. Ride Along 2 $4m

10. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies $2.8m

(Deadline)

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