Turns out that not even a team of Egyptian gods can take down Deadpool.
Spending its third weekend at No. 1, Tim Miller’s R-rated superhero story took in $31.5 million, easily earning first place and bringing its domestic total to $285.6 million. As a result, it’s just passed The Matrix Reloaded to become the third highest-grossing R-rated film in box office history (not adjusting for inflation). The Passion of the Christ is still No. 1 with a lifetime domestic gross of $370.8 million.
After crossing $500 million at the worldwide box office this week, Deadpool is headed for another weekend at the top of the charts.
Even with three new wide releases hitting theaters, none of them will be able to dethrone the Merc with a Mouth, as Gods of Egypt, Triple 9, and Eddie the Eagle will be lucky to hit $15 million.
Here’s how this weekend’s top five at the box office might play out:
1. Deadpool — $28 million
British ski jumper Eddie Edwards placed last in two events at the 1988 Olympics. Yet he instantly became a beloved folk hero for epitomizing the Games’ inspirational just-do-it decree. And the movie version of his life, fittingly, is a massive vat of hot cocoa with a mountain of whipped cream on top—sweet and warm and made with a mission to satisfy everyone who takes a sip. Taron Egerton, the charmer from Kingsman: The Secret Service, plays Eddie with his innate charisma insulated by lots of dweeby waddling and facial twinges.
Wade Wilson and Wolverine are back together again.
Former X-Men Origins: Wolverine costars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman reunited at the press junket for Jackman’s new movie Eddie the Eagle, as Reynolds conducted his first-ever interview with his former costar.
Eddie the Eagle will fly into theaters later this month, but before that audiences will get a sneak peek at the film on Super Bowl Sunday.
The film’s Super Bowl ad was released online ahead of the big game, featuring NFL stars Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and Kurt Warner cheering the inspirational sports story.
The Sundance Film Festival has a tradition of secret screenings, where the audience is treated to a previously unannounced, but notable, movie. This year’s surprise is Eddie the Eagle, which stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Hugh Jackman, and Christopher Walken, among others, and screened Tuesday night.
Great Britain’s first and only ski jumper at the time of the 1988 Winter Games, Eddie Edwards took up the sport less than two years before he competed on the world stage. Ironically nicknamed “The Eagle,” Edwards dreamed of competing at a world-class level despite an utter lack of skills, and his underdog status connected with Olympic fans and is now the subject of the upcoming Eddie the Eagle.
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