Grosses

'Deadpool' Destroys Expectations and Records with $135.0M Launch; 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Takes Second with $19.7M; 'How to Be Single' Solid in Third with $18.8M; 'Zoolander 2' Lackluster in Fourth with $15.7MFebruary 14, 2016 08:54 AM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's Deadpool exploded this weekend with an estimated three-day debut of $135.0 million. The Ryan Reynolds led antihero film not only destroyed expectations, but destroyed the previous all-time R-rated and February opening weekend records as well. Deadpool opened 47 percent ahead of the $91.77 million 2003 debut of previous R-rated record holder The Matrix Reloaded and 58.5 percent ahead of the $85.17 million start of previous February (and Presidents Day weekend) record holder Fifty Shades of Grey. Deadpool also delivered the largest debut ever for a film in the X-Men universe, as it opened 31 percent ahead of the $102.75 million three-day start of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Deadpool opened 49 percent ahead of the $90.82 million three-day debut of last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is especially impressive given that Deadpool didn't have the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions and opened in 438 fewer locations.

Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Deadpool registered the 17th largest opening weekend of all-time. The film also claimed the fifth largest debut ever for a Marvel adaptation (behind only 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2013's Iron Man 3 and 2007's Spider-Man 3) and the seventh largest debut ever for a comic book adaption of any kind (behind only 2012's The Dark Knight Rises and 2008's The Dark Knight in addition to the four mentioned Marvel films).

Thanks to a marketing campaign that went over amazingly well with moviegoers, Deadpool had generated strong online activity for months. But the film ultimately performed far stronger than even its online strength had suggested. In addition to the film's marketing striking the perfect chord with comic book fans and general audiences alike, Deadpool was also helped by the popularity of the character among comic book fans, good critical reviews and by Valentine's Day falling on Sunday.

Deadpool opened with $47.46 million on Friday (which included an estimated $12.7 million from Thursday night shows), dipped just 10 percent on Saturday to take in $42.55 million and is estimated to increase 6 percent on Valentine's Day Sunday to gross $45.00 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.85 to 1, which is very encouraging for a high-profile comic book adaptation (even with Valentine's Day in mind). Deadpool received a strong A rating on CinemaScore and currently boasts a terrific 96 percent audience score on Flixster. With word of mouth this strong, it's very possible that Deadpool will have stronger than expected holding power as well, on top of its already explosive debut. Fox's current four-day estimate for Deadpool is $150.0 million.

Fellow Fox release Kung Fu Panda 3 placed in a distant second with an estimated three-day take of $19.65 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down just 14 percent from last weekend. Kung Fu Panda 3 was helped out this weekend by no new family films entering the marketplace, by the holiday frame and by Super Bowl 50 having deflated last weekend's grosses in general. Kung Fu Panda 3 has grossed $92.46 million in 17 days. That places the film 21 percent behind the $116.94 million 17-day gross of last year's Hotel Transylvania 2 (which fell 38.5 percent in its third weekend to claim $20.42 million). Kung Fu Panda 3 is likely to hold up well throughout the rest of February, thanks in part to no new family films entering the marketplace until the arrival of Disney's Zootopia on March 4. Fox's current four-day estimate for Kung Fu Panda 3 is $26.0 million.

Warner's How to Be Single debuted in third place with an estimated three-day start of $18.75 million. The romantic comedy from New Line and MGM featuring Dakota Johnson opened towards the higher end of pre-release expectations. How to Be Single benefited from Valentine's Day falling on Sunday and from ultimately representing a better alternative choice to Deadpool than Zoolander 2 did. How to Be Single performed 24 percent stronger than the $15.07 million three-day start of 2009's Confessions of a Shopaholic.

How to Be Single opened with $5.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $700,000 from Thursday night shows), increased 14 percent on Saturday to gross $6.00 million and is estimated to increase 25 percent on Sunday to take in $7.50 million. The film received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore and currently has a 66 percent audience score on Flixster. BoxOffice currently estimates that How to Be Single will take in $21.0 million over the four-day frame.

Meanwhile, Paramount's Zoolander 2 had to settle for a fourth place estimated three-day launch of $15.65 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson opened well below pre-release expectations. While Zoolander 2 had generated strong online activity levels before its release, that online activity and the film's cult following failed to transfer over to the box office this weekend. Obviously, the break-out performance of Deadpool also significantly limited the potential of Zoolander 2 this weekend. Without taking into account 15 years of ticket price inflation, the three-day start for Zoolander 2 was very similar to the $15.53 million debut of 2001's Zoolander.

Zoolander 2 opened with $4.20 million on Friday (which included an estimated $750,000 from Thursday night shows), increased 11 percent on Saturday to gross $4.67 million and is estimated to increase 45 percent on Sunday to gross $6.78 million. The film received a soft C+ rating on CinemaScore and currently has an audience score of just 37 percent on Flixster. Neither is a good sign for Zoolander 2 going forward. Paramount's current four-day estimate for Zoolander 2 is $18.0 million.

Beyond the top four, other estimated three-day grosses this weekend included $6.90 million for Fox's The Revenant, $6.59 million for Universal's Hail, Caesar!, $6.19 million for Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and $5.25 million for Lionsgate's The Choice. The Revenant (down 1 percent), The Force Awakens (down 11 percent) and The Choice (down 13 percent) all held up extremely well this weekend, while Hail, Caesar! was down a troubling 42 percent. Respective current total grosses stand at $914.84 million for The Force Awakens, at $159.16 million for The Revenant, at $21.35 million for Hail, Caesar! and at $13.26 million for The Choice.

4-Day Weekend Estimates

1. Deadpool -- $150.00M*
2. Kung Fu Panda 3 -- $26.00M*
3. How to Be Single -- $21.00M#
4. Zoolander 2 -- $18.00M*
5. The Revenant -- $8.10M*
6. The Force Awakens -- $7.55M*
7. Hail, Caesar! -- $7.51M*
8. The Choice -- $6.00M*
9. Ride Along 2 -- $4.76M*
10. The Finest Hours -- $3.28M*
11. The Boy -- $3.26M*
12. The 5th Wave -- $3.15M#
13. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- $2.85M#
14. Dirty Grandpa -- $2.50M*
15. 13 Hours -- $1.80M*
16. The Big Short -- $1.57M*

* Indicates an official studio estimate.
# Indicates a BoxOffice.com estimate.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 11 - Sun, Apr. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$41,274,861-57%3,9380$10,481$158,883,0322Disney
2Rio 2$39,327,869--3,948--$9,961$39,327,8691Fox
3Oculus$12,005,402--2,648--$4,534$12,005,4021Relativity Media
4Draft Day$9,783,603--2,781--$3,518$9,783,6031Lionsgate / Summit
5Noah$7,553,607-56%3,282-289$2,302$84,975,2423Paramount
6Divergent$7,380,460-43%3,110-521$2,373$124,757,4534Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$5,540,678-29%1,860102$2,979$40,897,9904Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$4,069,245-33%1,467204$2,774$39,488,8006Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$2,275,944-63%2,261-791$1,007$45,752,9914Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,872,803-64%2,001-930$936$105,262,7826Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid 2$956,672631%954928$1,003$1,369,7973Sony Pictures Classics
2Non-Stop (2014)$750,225-58%762-962$985$89,454,5307Universal
3Need For Speed$682,317-62%613-1166$1,113$42,076,5615Disney / DreamWorks
4Bad Words$596,236-63%763-311$781$7,126,3425Focus
5The LEGO Movie$502,033-64%610-740$823$251,560,80410Warner Bros.
6300: Rise of an Empire$441,465-70%525-1030$841$105,020,8906Warner Bros.
7Frozen (2013)$385,006-4%34423$1,119$399,445,24821Disney
8Sabotage (2014)$361,438-82%751-1735$481$10,069,5693Open Road
9Son of God$297,567-3%905424$329$58,969,6407Fox
10Cesar Chavez$285,502-70%305-359$936$5,186,3303Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Lunchbox$283,903-11%12926$2,201$1,735,9117Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Week-End$250,586-14%14542$1,728$1,201,6475Music Box Films
13The Nut Job$186,577-32%261-24$715$63,799,50513Open Road
14The Monuments Men$174,646-20%265-43$659$77,256,82710Sony / Columbia
15RoboCop (2014)$149,157174%19476$769$57,545,2029Sony / Columbia
16Ride Along$144,995-21%177-59$819$134,141,53013Universal
17Gravity$133,931-45%202-53$663$273,838,26928Warner Bros.
18Frankie & Alice$129,337-63%1710$756$592,2202Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
19Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,975-74%135-290$622$15,850,3815Lionsgate
20Philomena$52,665-39%157-40$335$37,574,90021Weinstein Company
21The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$27,379-55%101-29$271$258,355,35418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Skin (2014)$281,650112%5450$5,216$472,6472A24
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$140,315-25%370$3,792$449,3082Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joe (2014)$105,881--48--$2,206$105,8811Roadside Attractions
4Finding Vivian Maier$99,02319%207$4,951$309,0243IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$87,989--4--$21,997$87,9891Sony Pictures Classics
650 to 1$78,924-62%95-38$831$507,4864Ten Furlongs
7Journey to the South Pacific$73,139-18%14-3$5,224$1,977,87520IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Dom Hemingway$70,118140%4238$1,669$119,9412Fox Searchlight
9Nymphomaniac: Volume II$68,443-9%29-1$2,360$191,4372Magnolia Pictures
10Jerusalem 3D$68,44032%331$2,074$3,638,73930National Geographic
11The Unknown Known$63,835-1%8062$798$152,1982RADiUS-TWC
12The Railway Man$61,845--4--$15,461$61,8451Weinstein Company
13Cuban Fury$57,105--79--$723$57,1051eOne Films US
14Hubble 3D$55,218-13%14-4$3,944$43,438,528213Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Nymphomaniac: Volume I$54,878-44%49-10$1,120$648,1984Magnolia Pictures
16Main Tera Hero$45,272-72%770$588$253,2122Eros International
17Jodorowsky's Dune$42,392-15%237$1,843$237,3934Sony Pictures Classics
18Particle Fever$41,309-28%23-4$1,796$598,6476Abramorama / Bond 360
19Pompeii$41,025-42%93-41$441$23,169,0338Sony / TriStar
203 Days to Kill$39,516-41%83-48$476$30,455,3868Relativity Media
2112 Years a Slave$32,935-50%64-64$515$56,567,84426Fox Searchlight
22Rob the Mob$30,293-38%308$1,010$147,3844Millennium Entertainment
23Enemy$29,874-46%39-36$766$950,5125A24
24The Wind Rises$24,870-57%25-27$995$5,089,1618Disney
25Ernest & Celestine$24,601-22%3915$631$212,1797GKIDS
26The Face of Love$22,857-38%32-4$714$309,4276IFC Films
27Tim's Vermeer$19,790-59%29-35$682$1,569,30611Sony Pictures Classics
28The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$18,535257%43$4,634$27,0452Zeitgeist Films
29Afflicted$18,328-74%34-10$539$121,1792CBS Films
30Dallas Buyers Club$17,577-39%33-19$533$27,272,14524Focus
31Her (2013)$16,523-49%38-47$435$25,556,06517Warner Bros.
32On My Way$14,587-62%14-11$1,042$247,9825Cohen Media Group
33About Last Night$13,495-50%26-18$519$48,500,5199Sony / Screen Gems
34Anita (2014)$12,845-69%123$1,070$154,8274IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Alan Partridge$11,875-6%74$1,696$63,8012Magnolia Pictures
36Gloria (2014)$11,6348%247$485$2,064,69712Roadside Attractions
37Dancing in Jaffa$10,564--2--$5,282$10,5641IFC Films
38Thor: The Dark World$10,322-55%16-19$645$206,360,01823Disney
39Veil of Tears$9,953-2%2-2$4,977$69,8303Word Films
40Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,412293%40$2,353$134,68510Kino Lorber
41Breathe In$8,853-72%15-26$590$81,4263Cohen Media Group
42Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$8,548--16--$534$288,8968IFC Films
43Veronica Mars$8,540-77%23-51$371$3,309,8315Warner Bros.
44Watermark$8,2677%31$2,756$20,2142eOne Films US
45August: Osage County$7,681-36%27-15$284$37,718,08316Weinstein Company
46To the Arctic 3D$6,631-14%4-1$1,658$13,967,001104Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Hank and Asha$6,192--1--$6,192$6,1921FilmRise Releasing
48Under the Sea 3D$6,074-23%7-4$868$33,843,931270Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Hateship Loveship$6,015--1--$6,015$6,0151IFC Films
50The Great Beauty$5,578-28%5-2$1,116$2,835,88622Janus Films
51Mistaken for Strangers$5,065-46%4-3$1,266$121,6613Abramorama
52Born to Be Wild 3D$4,9647%111$451$23,269,886158Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Saving Mr. Banks$4,436-61%15-21$296$83,299,76118Disney
54Cheap Thrills$4,224-52%10-8$422$53,6824Drafthouse Films
55The Past$2,59448%3-1$865$1,330,59617Sony Pictures Classics
56Interior. Leather Bar.$2,439--2--$1,220$40,86215Strand Releasing
57The Invisible Woman$1,941-65%7-2$277$1,222,86316Sony Pictures Classics
58Child's Pose$1,809-56%2-2$905$81,0858Zeitgeist Films
59The Butterfly Room$1,081--1--$1,081$1,0811Archstone Distribution
60Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-32%31$324$45,31024International Film Circuit
61Maidentrip$93650%10$936$67,70517First Run Features
62Grand Piano$909-25%2-3$455$22,3536Magnolia / Magnet
63Peter Brook: The Tightrope$824--1--$824$18,92911First Run Features
64Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$552-64%1-2$552$29,39710Rialto Pictures
65The Missing Picture$545-91%3-6$182$39,8604Strand Releasing
6620 Feet from Stardom$480212%21$240$4,941,26344RADiUS-TWC
67The Rocket (2013)$377-9%32$126$52,96314Kino Lorber
68Girl on a Bicycle$328-57%2-1$164$89,8529Monterey Media
69Stranger By the Lake$302-90%1-4$302$323,07012Strand Releasing
70Redwood Highway$30--1--$30$301Monterey Media