Deadpool blew away all opening weekend predictions and decimated the Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend box office with an estimated $135 million three-day weekend. It broke Fifty Shades of Grey‘s previous February opening weekend record by nearly $45 million based on estimates. Beyond that, the largest opening for an R-rated film was previously $91.7 million, set by The Matrix Reloaded in 2003.
On top of that, this is the largest opening weekend ever for 20th Century Fox. Their previous record was $108.4 million, held by Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (although that film did not open on Thursday evening, which garnered Deadpool about $50 million).
By Monday evening, the final actuals could possibly amount to $150 million four-day weekend.
Another exciting record that Deadpool has broken is the fact that this is the largest opening weekend for a first-time director — Tim Miller. The previous record holder was Chris Miller, director of Shrek the Third, which opened with $121.6 million back in 2007. As far as live action films are concerned, Robert Stromberg held the previous record with the $69.4 million opening for Maleficent.
Overseas, Deadpool brought in a whopping $125 million from 61 international markets. This is the third highest grossing international opening for Fox ever. Among the accolades, the film scored the largest industry opening in Russia with $12.4 million as well as the largest Fox opening in 13 other markets including Australia ($10m); Taiwan ($8.25m); Brazil ($5.9m); Hong Kong ($3.8m); and Malaysia ($2.9m). Overall there may be an estimated $260.1 million worldwide debut for the this film.
Kung Fu Panda 3 delivered with a stellar 7.5% drop, coming in second with an estimated $19.6 million. Fox is expecting a $26 million four-day as the film’s domestic cume is now up to $93.9 million.
New Line and MGM’s How to be Single is performing a little below expectations, bringing in an estimated $18.7 million for the three-day weekend and expected to finish with just over $20 million for the four-day. Depending upon its staying power, it should end with a respectable but none-too-special $50-$60 million.
Zoolander 2, which opened with an estimated $15.6 million, is almost exactly the same as the $15.5 million opening for the first film, which went on to make just over $45 million back in 2001. The first Zoolander dropped only 38.7% in its second weekend and if the sequel can manage something similar it may be able to top its predecessor, with an overall domestic run anywhere from $42-49 million seeming most likely at this point.
Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Where to Invade Next, opened with an estimated $933,240 for a $3,030 per theater average.
The Revenant edged out Hail, Caesar! for the fifth slot, bringing in an estimated $6.9 million as the Coens’ latest dipped 42% for a $6.5 million second weekend.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell out of the weekend top five for the first time since releasing back on December 18. The film took seventh place this weekend with an estimated $6.1 million as its domestic cume is now up to $914.8 million and its worldwide returns totaling more than $2.026 billion.
New releases next Friday include the faith-based feature Risen from Sony; Focus will bring the Jesse Owens biopic Race to approximately 2,300 theaters; and A24 offers a wide release of their much buzzed about period horror feature The Witch.
February 12-14, 2016 Weekend Box Office Top Ten
1 Deadpool $135,050,000 ($135,050,000)
2 Kung Fu Panda 3 $19,650,000 ($93,912,387)
3 How to Be Single $18,750,000 ($18,750,000)
4 Zoolander 2 $15,650,000 ($15,650,000)
5 The Revenant $6,900,000 ($159,164,599)
6 Hail, Caesar! $6,590,000 ($21,354,970)
7 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6,194,000 ($3,422 $914,838,964)
8 The Choice $5,250,000 ($13,259,551)
9 Ride Along 2 $4,130,000 ($82,661,235)
10 The Boy $2,913,000 ($30,778,587)
Source: Box Office Mojo