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.