• Deadpool swims on top for another week with back-up $8m weekend
After just two weekends, the Marvel action movie Deadpool has sold tickets worth $27.10m after a second weekend with $7.90m. The weekend’s screen average on 403 screens (up marginally from last week’s 396) was $19,622, still a mightily impressive number, but down on the opening weekend’s $37,736.
Deadpool has now taken more than all but two movies in 2014 and could pass what the bottom five movies on the 2015 top 10 earned by this time next week.
The movie accounted for the lion’s share of the $17.18m earned by the top 20 movies on the weekend. That is the second-best total over the past four weeks after last weekend’s $23.08m.
Two new releases which both debuted on over 200 screens filled the next two spots on the chart:
#2 How To Be Single with Rebel Wilson took $2.73m with a screen average of $10,747.
#3 Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart did $1.22m with a screen average of $5,794.
Rounding out the top five were the second weekend numbers for two movies:
#4 Zoolander 2 with $1.17m
#5 Brooklyn with $839,000
The new Chinese movie The Mermaid opened on just 18 screens with $521,000 and a screen average of $28,988. It is reportedly China’s top-grossing movie ever, taking over US$400m in just 12 days.
Concussion with Will Smith just made the top 10 after an opening weekend on 130 screens earned a gross of $272,000 at a screen average of $2,097.
45 Years with Charlotte Rampling opened on just 45 screens but with a screen average of $5,031 with a total of $206,000.
Two other new releases managed to find a spot in the lower rungs of the top 20:
#15 Trumbo with $142,000 hit 37 screens at an average of $3,841
#16 Risen opened with $133,000 at an average of #3,031 from 44 screens.