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‘Deadpool’ Smashes North American Box Office

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Courtesy 20th Century Fox

Courtesy 20th Century Fox

Self-referential superhero movie is on track to take in $150 million over holiday weekend.

Superhero movie Deadpool dominated the North American box office on its debut weekend, taking in a record breaking $135 million and leaving its competitors in the dust, industry estimates showed Sunday.

Starring Ryan Reynolds as a Marvel Comics character, the film’s blow out reception in theaters 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, Dergarabedian predicted the Fox production’s initial haul could climb to a “mind-boggling $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—which took in $19.7 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said. Featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie, it has garnered $93 million since its release.

Also making its debut—in third place—was How to be Single, a comedy about solo life set in New York City starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann. It saw $18.8 million in ticket sales over Valentine’s Day weekend.

Fourth place went to fellow new release Zoolander 2, which snagged $15.7 million. Starring, directed and co-written by Ben Stiller, the comedy that dips into the fashion world also features Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson.

Coming in fifth was The Revenant, a grisly survival and revenge thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The critically acclaimed film, which has been showered with Oscar nominations, took in $6.9 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Hail, Caesar!, $6.6 million

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, $6.2 million

The Choice, $5.3 million

Ride Along 2, $4.1 million

The Boy, $2.9 million

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