“Deadpool” dominated Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend with a record-breaking performance at the box office, according to industry figures reported by Box Office Mojo. Marvel’s action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds grossed a whopping $132.4 million in ticket sales from Thursday night to Sunday, That’s the best debut ever for an R-rated film and the highest opening weekend gross for a movie released in February.
“Deadpool” received praise from critics and audiences alike. An excellent 84 percent of reviews were positive and 95 percent of moviegoers liked “Deadpool,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film is “fast, funny, and gleefully profane” and that it “subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining and decidedly non-family-friendly results.”
After two weekends at No. 1, animated action comedy sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3” slipped one notch to No. 2 in its third weekend, grossing $19.7 million for a total of $94 million since opening Jan. 29. Action drama “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, dropped one spot to No. 5 in its eighth weekend, grossing $6.5 million for a total of $158.7 million since opening in limited release Dec. 25.
Two new releases finished third and fourth. R-rated romantic comedy “How to Be Single,” starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson, debuted at No. 3 with $17.8 million. Only 47 percent of reviews were positive and 62 percent of moviegoers liked “How to Be Single,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “boasts the rough outline of a feminist rom-com, but too willingly indulges in the genre conventions it wants to subvert.”
Comedy sequel “Zoolander 2,” starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, opened at No. 4 with $13.8 million. That was less than the original “Zoolander,” which debuted with $15.5 million in 2001. Only 22 percent of reviews were positive and 35 percent of moviegoers liked “Zoolander 2,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “has more celebrity cameos than laughs, and its meager handful of memorable gags outnumbers the few worthwhile ideas discernible in its scattershot rehash of a script.”
Three new movies open nationwide in theaters Friday, Feb. 19, including biographical sports drama “Race,” a film chronicling track and field athlete Jesse Owens and his experience during the 1936 Olympics. “The other two films opening Friday are “Risen,” a biblical drama about the Resurrection; and “The Witch,” a horror movie about a family in the 1630s torn apart by dark forces.