Twentieth Century Fox struck at the box office with a superhero title again, this time a good way around theaters. The studio’s “Deadpool” led a triage of debut films that ousted “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” out of Top 5 slatings. Even still Feb. 12 to Feb. 14s debuting new crop of movies couldn’t displace from Top 5 status last weekend’s number one “Kung Fu Panda 3”. Family entertainment has a third sequel charmer able to cling its kung-fu grip at 2nd place and was only outranked by The Merc with a Mouth adaptation. But out of the triple debuts “Deadpool” arcs alone being latter weekend’s pack leader. More to a point, Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” long-awaited sequel and Warner Bros. ideal “How to Be Single” romantic-comedy for Valentine’s weekend showed up with solid audience draws. These were not the redemptive comeback Fox has cause to celebrate over, celebrate about starting a reset for its comic book flicks in 2016.
A successful foray within the superhero-sphere was a necessary marker in the win column for the studo. Fox’s stakes in the genre nearly ran aground along a prior Summer 2015 off the Razzie-inducing nominee “Fantastic Four”. The disastrous reboot splintered apart from blockbuster sensationalism due its drought grosses and torrential reviews. A pitfall weeks before, inside that same Summer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” mutated into a stagnancy of mixed reviews and tepid ticket-sales.
Now, this recent box office breakaway plays once more setting an early stage on the studio’s theatrical fare laying a commercial course for incoming possibles in blockbuster takes.
Twentieth Century Fox started out a 2015’s gate with a dual trend-setter via superhero film and strong box office push. Last Feb.’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” was the lesser known comic book adaptation that decently won over movie-goers and critics alike; a take-away given the mostly well-received ratings. That comic book movie started the year with a nationwide opening that grossed $36.2 million.
This time around that initial superhero title is again a Fox score-keeping. It breaks bad-boy hero at an already outpacing compared opposite 2015s box office comics-starter. “Deadpool” is hack-slashing global rankings into a whopping $260.1 million worldwide, as reported by Box Office Mojo. Then a nationwide opening bid places it a records-setting film for Feb., and number one amid 2016.
All a matter of box office reclamation for Twentieth Century Fox.
Fox productions “Deadpool” and “Kung Fu Panda 3” reinstate its stock of new and sequel franchises right away as trending salients in 2016. Add 5th ranking “The Revenant” and Fox dominates Feb.’s Top 5 so far with a 2016 Oscar-nominee, animated movie and a first-time superhero installment.
Against those current dominators new comedy sophomore “Zoolander 2” fell to median ranks alongside “How to Be Single”; mostly on advent by the superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds (“Definitely, Maybe”, “Adventureland”) and Morena Baccarin (“Serenity”, “Gotham”).
First-placing “Deadpool” grossed $132.4 million. “Kung Fu Panda 3” has the runners up at a gross of $19.7 million. And at 5th ranking “The Revenant” had a $6.5 million gross on its eight-weeks run. Third place is where “Zoolander 2” settled after its premiere weekend had its red carpet snatched from under it. The Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) reprisal had an accumulate of $13.8 million.
“How to Be Single” got the Heisman-posed face-smushed treatment from “Deadpool.” Alison Brie, Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann led an ensemble comedy that lost a bit of romantic glamour slating a 4th place from an $17.8 million opening weekend.
Super theatrical battles are what lay ahead. March 25 not only pits the Dark Knight against Man of Steel, but it also plays a part contending against the opening gross set by “Deadpool.” Likelier, Warner Bros.’ “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” has what the arsenal-toting merc on a vendetta movie out of best grossing category for 2016.