“Deadpool” once again beat down the competition at cinemas across North America, while Lionsgate’s “Gods of Egypt” fell flat, becoming one of the biggest box office misfires this year.
The saucy R-rated superhero comedy claimed its third straight week atop the box office with a weekend-long haul of $31.5 million in ticket sales for the U.S. and Canada, according to comScore.
The Ryan Reynolds film, which offered a bawdier and more libertine take on comic book fare, has beaten even Fox’s upbeat predictions to become one of the year’s strongest performers. This weekend brought its total estimated gross up to $285.6 million, with a Sunday estimate of $8.35 million.
However, “Deadpools’” job wasn’t so difficult this week. Its main competition, Lionsgate’s “Gods of Egypt” pulled in just $14 million at the domestic box office, an especially tepid debut for a movie that cost $140 million to make.
“Gods of Egypt” came in a distant second behind “Deadpool,” with a Sunday take of $3.66 million, far below early hopes for the major-budget film.
A representative for Lionsgate said, in a statement to The Times, “Our strong financial model on ‘Gods of Egypt’ allowed us to take a big swing in hopes of creating a new franchise with very little risk. Though the film isn’t doing as well as we hoped domestically, it’s off to a strong start internationally and our downside is very limited.”
DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Fox, landed in third place with $9 million in ticket sales and $128.5 million to date in domestic ticket sales, according to comScore.
Sony’s “Risen,” starring Joseph Fiennes, continued to attract faith-based audiences in its second weekend and came in fourth place with $7 million.
For the other newcomers, Fox’s “Eddie the Eagle” brought in $6.3 million over the weekend, good enough for 5th place.
The heist caper “Triple 9” came with stronger notices for its top-shelf cast (Chewitel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson and Norman Reedus). But the Open Road film looks to be a little slower out of the gate than expected, with a weekend gross of $6.1 million that notches it at sixth place for the weekend.
“Brooklyn,” also in its 17th week, brought in $735,000 for a $36.5-million gross, while A24’s “Room” saw a very impressive 59% gain that was good for $650,000 over the weekend and a $13.54-million gross, comScore said.
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