Ryan Reynolds potty-mouthed mutant closes in on $500 m worldwide, while faith film Risen and period horror movie The Witch attain solid debuts
Superhero origins tale Deadpool
retained the top spot at the US box office this weekend, with a second-week take of $55 m( PS38. 8m ).
Tim Millers film which last weekend achieved the biggest box office debut for an R-rated film, after pulling in $132 m in North America now has its sights set on further landmarks. The current top R-rated film in the US and Canada is Mel Gibsons 2004 The Passion of the Christ, with $370 m; the best global mark is held by the Wachowskis 2003 sci-fi sequel The Matrix Reloaded, with $742 m. Deadpool has made $235 m in North America and $491 m worldwide in two weeks.
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Millers film has been especially popular in Russia, where it recently transgressed Star Wars: The Force Awakens all-time box office opening record, and South Korea, where it
was find by more than one million people this weekend. The movies sexuality scenes and foul language have caught the attention of the members of censors in more conservative territories. It was denied release in China, and in India one fan has launched a petition complaining that the movie has been ruined by the use of bleeps to cover up swear words.
I couldnt understand half of the movie,
wrote Vignesh Vellore in a post on Change.org which has received backing from more than 10,000 advocates. The censor board had removed half the dialogue since they are thought it was vulgar. This is ridiculous We cannot let them treat us like five year olds.
The top new cinema at the US box office last weekend was the faith-based drama
Risen. It stars Joseph Fiennes as a powerful Roman tribune who is charged with investigating rumour that the Jewish messiah, Jesus, has risen from the dead. Directed by Kevin Reynolds, Risen took $11.8 m on debut, to land in third place. It has benefited from semi-decent reviews, with a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a marketing campaign aimed at North American churches.
Also debuting in the top five was the critically acclaimed 17 th-century chiller The Witch, which looks likely to be among
the best-reviewed horror titles of 2016. The low-budget debut cinema by Robert Eggers, which won the best director prize in the US dramatic category at last years Sundance film festival and boasts an 88% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, landed in fourth with $8.7 m. Its the narrative of a puritan family living in isolation on the edge of a large New England forest, who come into contact with what appear to be supernatural forces.
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The animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 held second place with $12.5 m in its fourth week on release, for a total of $177 m. The comedy
How to Be Single rounded out the top five with a second-week haul of $8.7 m, for a total of $31.8 m.
The only other new movie to induce the top 10 this weekend was the period drama
Race, about the sprinter Jesse Owens quadruple gold medal-win at the Nazi-controlled 1936 Berlin Olympics. Stephan James stars as the athlete, with the cast also including Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt and Game of Thrones Carice van Houten( as the infamous Nazi film-maker Leni Riefenstahl ). Stephen Hopkins movie took $8.2 m on debut in sixth place.