Box Office: Deadpool sets his sights on Iron Man

    Author Zoe Aresti

The Weekend Round-up  

It’s a bona fide sensation and Deadpool is making a play to be the biggest superhero film outside of The Avengers and The Dark Knight films. After adding £5.7m on its second weekend, it is now up to a terrific £25.9m, and at some point this week will overtake X-Men: Days OF Future Past’s final total of £27.3m. The biggest non-Avengers / Dark Knight superhero film is Iron Man 3 with £37m, and Deadpool has a chance of catching it, which is an amazing performance, especially considering people were nervous about the 15 certificate, and the fact it doesn’t have the 3D uplift.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip had a fantastic second weekend, increasing on its first weekend’s take by a huge 37%, with £3.6m. It also had a great half term week and now sits on an impressive £13.1m. It has a good chance of overtaking Chipwrecked (£15.7m), to become the second highest grossing Chipmunks film, behind The Squeakquel (£24m).

How To Be Single was the highest new entry in third, opening with £1.9m, which included £405k from Valentine’s day previews.

Goosebumps had a great third weekend, increasing its take by 22% to £1.3m for a new total of £7.6m.

Dad’s Army completed the top five, falling 37% to £823k for a new cume of £6.9m.

Outside of the top five, all-star crime drama, Triple 9 opened in sixth with £813k, and The Revenant experienced a post-BAFTA boost, dropping just 4% to £689k in eighth, and crossing the £21m mark in the process.

One new entry landed in the lower end of the chart. Disney adventure, The Finest Hours could only manage £247k (including £64k in previews) in eleventh.

On a strong weekend, the box office was down 34% from last weekend and up 11% from the same weekend last year, when the top four films were Fifty Shades Of Grey, Big Hero 6, Shaun The Sheep Movie and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Next Weekend

Grimsby is the latest no-holds-barred comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen and hits UK cinemas on Wednesday. Baron Cohen plays Nobby, a football hooligan from Grimsby, who locates his lost long brother (Mark Strong), who is the UK’s top spy. 

The Forest is a spooky horror, starring Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer about a woman who goes into Japan's Suicide Forest to find her twin sister, and confronts a supernatural terror. 

Secret In Their Eyes is a remake of the Oscar winning Argentian film about a tight-knit team of rising investigators who, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. It boasts a classy cast, including Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman.

The Buzz

March sees three horror films go on nationwide release and The Witch is shaping up to be the best. It’s the disturbing tale of a family in 1630s New England that is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. It opened in the US this past weekend and has had great reviews, scoring 84 on Metacritic. It has also made a dent at the box office, opening with $8.7m.

Across The Pond

Deadpool came out on top again on its second weekend, after adding $56.5m for a huge cume of $236.9m. Kung Fu Panda 3 came in second, adding $12.5m for a new cume of $117.1m. Religious drama, Risen opened in third with $11.8m and brooding horror, The Witch, opened in fourth with $8.8m. How To Be Single completed the top five after adding $8.2m for a new cume of $31.8m.

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