Deadpool makes a killing with record debut

HITMAN AT BOX OFFICE: The anti-hero took $189 million in its North American debut weekend.


    Feb 16, 2016

    Deadpool makes a killing with record debut

    SUPERHERO movie Deadpool dominated the North American box office on its debut weekend, taking in a record-breaking US$135 million (S$189 million) and leaving its competitors in the dust, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

    Starring Ryan Reynolds as a Marvel Comics character, the film's blowout reception in theatres propelled it to the biggest-ever February and R-rated debut, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

    With Monday being a public holiday in the United States, he predicted the Fox production's initial haul could climb to a "mind-boggling US$150 million".

    Far behind in second place was Kung Fu Panda 3 - Dreamworks' computer-animated comedy that follows the adventures of Po as he evolves from martial arts student to teacher.

    It took in US$19.7 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

    Featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie, it has garnered US$93 million since its release.

    Also making its debut - in third place - was How To Be Single. The comedy about solo life is set in New York City and stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann.

    It saw US$18.8 million in ticket sales over the Valentine's Day weekend.