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.
“Breaking Bad didn’t just open up doors for me — it took those doors down completely,” says Aaron Paul, who made a living for himself (and earned three Emmys) playing budding meth lord Jesse Pinkman for five seasons on Breaking Bad.
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
The new dirty-cop heist thriller Triple 9 doesn’t waste any time throwing the audience into an adrenalized state of confusion. Kicking off with a frenetic 10-minute action sequence that starts with a violent bank robbery and segueing into a high-speed chase and shoot-out, this grab bag of pumped-up macho clichés clearly wants to evoke comparisons to Michael Mann’s Heat. And it does—but not favorable ones. Who are these blunt-force thieves in ski masks? And why should we care about any of them?
Stephen Colbert is usually relatively unflappable, but not during his interview with Casey Affleck on Monday night.
Colbert opened the Late Show chat by sarcastically thanking Affleck, who wore casual clothes and had a beard, for “dressing up.”
“I’m not saying you don’t look good,” Colbert said, causing Affleck to call out the host as rude. “I’m not being rude at all,” Colbert returned, before adding that the actor’s look was similar to “a street-corner Jesus.”
Triple 9 certainly doesn’t look like your average cop movie.
Its deep cast of award-winning actors (including Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kate Winslet, to name a few) portends to a stirring rendition of its corrupt-cops-in-over-their-head story. But make no mistake, these corrupt cops (Mackie, Reedus, Ejiofor) are in over their head, judging by the latest trailer.
Even months out from its Feb. 19 release date, John Hillcoat’s Triple 9 has a lot going for it. In addition to a (mostly dirty) crew of cops played by some pleasantly familiar faces — Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, and a buff-as-hell Casey Affleck — the heist movie also boasts some powerful actresses, a typical weak point for the genre.
In 2010, long before time became a flat circle, director John Hillcoat was attached to Matt Cook’s script for Triple 9. Back then, Shia LaBeouf was circling the project too, but the version of Triple 9 that arrives in theaters next year is LaBeouf free. Instead Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck star for Hillcoat in this tale of crooked cops, Russian mobsters, robberies gone wrong, and seedy bars.
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