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Dogged ‘Deadpool’ won’t even bow down to ‘Gods’

- Brian Truitt USA TODAY

Not even a bunch of gods could take down the monster momentum of the “Merc with a Mouth.”

The comic-book film Deadpool notched a third straight week topping the box office by pulling in $31.5 million, according to studio estimates from comScore. Ryan Reynolds’ wisecracki­ng, well-armed antihero raised his total haul to $285.6 million domestical­ly, passing The Matrix

Reloaded to become the No. 3 all-time R-rated movie.

“Much like the hero in the movie, Deadpool just keeps dispatchin­g its competitio­n week after week,” says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabed­ian.

“Studios have woken up to the fact that you can have a big hit in any month of the year. People will come out in droves if you have the right movie. The movie makes the date now, the date doesn’t make the movie. It’s a paradigm shift a long time in coming.”

Action film Gods of Egypt could muster only $14 million in its opening weekend, though it was the best debut of three new movies. It managed a middling Bgrade from audiences on CinemaScor­e, but that was the good news: Critics savaged the film, which received a 13% “rotten” rating at review aggregate site RottenToma­toes.com.

“Lionsgate swung for the fences with this, and it’s a competitiv­e marketplac­e,” Dergarabed­ian says. “What are you going to do?”

The animated Kung Fu Panda

3 came in third place with $9 million, and the biblical drama Risen was fourth with $7 million.

The feel-good Eddie the Eagle, starring Taron Egerton as Olympic ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, was out of the medal race with $6.3 million. The fifth- place finisher was well-liked by moviegoers, however — it garnered an A on CinemaScor­e — and scored a decent 73% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

It was a passion project of sorts for stars Egerton and Hugh Jackman, Dergerabed­ian says: “I love the fact that Fox is supporting their talent. I bet you this movie will end up being profitable.”

The weekend’s other opener, crime drama Triple 9, crashed and burned with only $6.1 million. Sporting an A-list cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet, it got a lowly C+ on CinemaScor­e and a 54% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating.

What might be most noteworthy about the weekend overall is 20th Century Fox’s strangleho­ld on the box office, Dergarabed­ian says: In addition to Deadpool, Kung Fu

Panda 3 and Eddie the Eagle, the studio’s Oscar favorite The

Revenant pulled in $3.8 million to run its total to $170.5 million.

Final figures are expected Monday.

 ?? JOE LEDERER ?? Deadpool is more than a one-trick unicorn: The Ryan Reynolds film continues its mythic run at the box office with its third straight No. 1 weekend.
JOE LEDERER Deadpool is more than a one-trick unicorn: The Ryan Reynolds film continues its mythic run at the box office with its third straight No. 1 weekend.

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