Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Delivers a Gutshot to the Newcomers

Nick Nunziata

After pulling in another $31,500,000 (estimated) this weekend, Deadpool has already become the 10th highest-grossing Marvel movie to date. No one saw that coming. No one. An R-rated movie is about to pass the first two Iron Man movies before all is said in done and it sits currently with an estimated tally of$285,639,009. Insane.

The three films that arrived on Friday to challenge the Merc with the Mouth fared rather poorly. Gods of Egypt (watch my video review) took its $150,000,000 budget and landed with a faint thud at $14,000,000 while Eddie the Eagle fell off the ramp with $6,300,000. Triple 9 (watch my video review) did even worse with an estimated$6,103,000. It’s not surprising, but it certainly doesn’t do much for the argument that the world is starving for new intellectual properties.

Deadpool is an anomaly. A glitch in the matrix. Balance will be restored this coming weekend when the Spring movie season kicks into overdrive.

The Numbers Game

I’ve added a little fun into the box office report. A little guessing game. Let’s see how close we can get to guessing the correct box office numbers for the movies opening next week.

Last Week:

Gods of Egypt
My Guess: $12,000,000
Actual: $14,000,000
Result: Very solid work, Mr. Nunziata.

Triple 9
My Guess: $10,000,000
Actual: $6,103,000
Result: That’s a shame.

Eddie the Eagle
My Guess: $8,000,000
Actual: $6,300,000
Result: Very solid work, Mr. Nunziata.

This week:



A great voice cast and a dearth of quality family entertainment is all Zootopia will need to knock Deadpool from his perch atop the charts. The question isn’t if it will be a huge movie but rather how huge it’ll ultimately be.

My guess: $45,000,000


London Has Fallen


Olympus Has Fallen was a surprise hit, crushing the much bigger budgeted White House Down and helping launch Gerard Butler into the A-List for about six minutes. This is a sequel no one really asked for and it’s coming out amidst almost no hype. Here’s hoping it’s as fun as the original.

My guess: $14,000,000


Whisky Tango Foxtrot


Unless this movie is awful, it represents a big opportunity for audiences this coming weekend. Tina Fey is usually box office gold, and paired with Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, and Margot Robbie she has all the tools to deliver a surprise punch. Great subject matter, an attitude, and trailers that appeal to just about everyone is all WTF needs.

My guess: $15,000,000


See you next week!

Source: Box Office Mojo


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