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Deadpool lands $55 million in second week to trounce Risen and The Witch in US


Story by Jack Foley

SUPERHERO movie Deadpool has continued to stun the US box office by claiming $55 million in its second weekend to easily remain on top.

The subversive R-rated Marvel flick also settled the battle for heaven and Earth that raged between the weekend’s two main newcomers: Jesus flick Risen and Satanic Temple horror The Witch.

On Saturday, Ryan Reynolds’ audacious Deadpool raced past the $200 million mark in the US, on only its ninth day of release. In doing so, it accomplished the achievement faster than any R-rated title in history.

Through Sunday, the film’s US gross was $235.4 million.

The news was even better globally, where Deadpool almost cleared $500 million. Overseas, it earned $85 million in its second weekend for a foreign total of $256.5 million and a world-wide haul of $491.9 million.

The movie is now destined to become the top-R rated title in history, eclipsing Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ ($611.9 million), not accounting for inflation.

The figures prompted Chris Aronson, Fox domestic distribution chief, to declare the movie “a cultural phenomenon”.

Elsewhere at the US box office, Biblical epic Risen took third spot, earning $11.7 million or more to claim one of the top debuts ever for a faith-based title after The Passion of the Christ ($83.8 million), Son of God ($25.6 million) and Heaven is for Real ($24 million).

Directed by Waterworld‘s Kevin Reynolds, the film stars Joseph Fiennes as a powerful Roman military tribune who is tasked with investigating reports of Jesus’ resurrection.

However, Risen wasn’t able to beat Kung Fu Panda 3 to second as the popular family animated adventure took $12.5 million for a US total of $117.1 million.

That meant The Witch trailed in fourth spot with $8.7 million. The indie flick made its debut in US cinemas a little over a year after it made waves at the Sundance Film Festival, earning first time feature director Robert Eggers the directing award in the dramatic category.

Set in 17th Century New England, The Witch tells the story of a Puritan family encountering evil.

Anti rom-com How To Be Single, which features an ensemble including Rebel Wilson, rounded out the top five in its second weekend with $8.2 million, while another new release – the Stephen Hopkins directed Jesse Owens biopic Race – came in sixth with $7.3 million-plus.

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