Deadpool - An Unlikely Hero Saves the Box Office
By John Hamann
February 14, 2016
Second is Kung Fu Panda 3, which has to be thankful for a weekend like this, as it stops the bleeding, at least for a weekend. After dropping a higher than expected 49% last weekend, it holds completely this weekend. In its third frame, the Jack Black starrer earned $19.7 million, off a scant 7% compared to last weekend. This one cost $145 million to make, so it needs to approach $450 million worldwide to see a profit. After this weekend, Kung Fu Panda 3 has a domestic gross of $93.9 million, as it will cross the century mark tomorrow. It should get to $150 million at least on the domestic side. Overseas, prior to the start of the weekend it had earned $131.5 million, but has done that from only four territories, including China.
Third place is a bit of a surprise, as How To Be Single opens higher than Zoolander 2. The non-rom-com did well enough this weekend, but one has to wonder how it would have done without the Deadpool dominance. How To Be Single got started on Thursday night, with previews earning less than a million, and settled for an opening day figure of $5.25 million. On any other weekend, that's going to be a "meh" opening, but with Valentine's on Sunday, its multiplier was sure to soar. How To Be Single finished the weekend with $18.8 million, a decent start for a film that cost $38 million to bring to the screen.
How To Be Single earned decent but not spectacular reviews. It was 49% fresh at the time of this writing, those that disliked it called it a microwaved Sex in the City, and those that did pointed to the often funny Rebel Wilson. The Cinemascore came in at a B, only an okay score given that the much-hated Valentine's Day earned the same score. The good news is that Single has the place to itself until March 4th, when Tina Fey and Margot Robbie open Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which hopefully has more to offer than a funny title.
Fourth spot goes to Zoolander 2, as critical hatred likely sinks this one more today that it did the original 15 years ago, due to the onslaught of instant media that has multiplied in the time elapsed. Zoolander 2 could only muster $15.7 million at the box office this weekend, which is much too close to the original's $15.5 million debut way back in 2001. The original cost $28 million to make all those years ago, and earned $45 million domestic. The sequel cost $50 million, and will likely finish with less at the domestic box office. On the plus side, it will almost certainly earn more overseas than the $15 million of the original. Critics weren't kind with a 23% fresh rating, and audiences didn't like it much more, as it earned a C+ Cinemascore (but the original did as well). Zoolander 2 is going to fail domestically, but it still might surprise overseas.
The Revenant is fifth this weekend, and also benefits highly from the calendar configuration. The Revenant earned $6.9 million in its sixth weekend of wide release. It drops less than 1% compared to last weekend and brings its domestic total up to $159.2 million. The worldwide total had crossed $340 million, but it still needs another $75 million or so to get to profitability, as it cost $135 million to produce.