Fox reports that Deadpool grabbed another $16.225 million on Friday, down an expected 66 percent from opening day last week. Strong word of mouth and reviews continue to propel the Merc with a Mouth's unexpected blockbuster run as it now stands at an impressive eight-day domestic total of $196.6 million -- 34 percent ahead of the pace of Guardians of the Galaxy and 42 percent ahead of X-Men: Days of Future Past. We're projecting a huge sophomore frame around $56.1 million, which should send it past The LEGO Movie ($49.85 million) as the biggest second weekend by any film in February history.
Risen debuted in a healthy second place yesterday with an estimated $4.0 million, per Sony. This marks the latest faith-based success story for the studio following their success with War Room last year (which bowed to a near identical $4.05 million opening day in August). It also handily topped the $2.4 million opening day of 2014's Left Behind. Word of mouth is healthy with a reported "A-" CinemaScore and a solid 79 percent Flixster score. With Easter coming up in March, we expect strong legs on this one following what looks to be a weekend close to $11.5 million or higher (Sony is projecting $12.0 million).
A24's The Witch opened to a solid $3.2 million yesterday from 2,046 locations, giving it the highest per-theater average among wide releases not named Deadpool. The horror flick has been on the positive end of strong buzz for the past few months thanks to strong critical reviews (currently 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). Flixster reception seems more mixed at 59 percent, indicating some divisive reactions due to the controversial subject matter of the film. Still, this is definitely a positive debut for the film and first-time director Robert Eggers. Horror fans could conceivable drive the film to a fair multiplier in the long run. BoxOffice projects an opening weekend around $9 million.
Kung Fu Panda 3 took fourth place with $2.875 million on Friday, bringing its domestic haul up to $107.48 million. The animated sequel continues to play very well among families with positive word of mouth and reviews. BoxOffice projects a strong fourth weekend near $14.8 million.
How to Be Single filled out the top five with $2.685 million yesterday, down a healthy 49 percent from opening day last week. The Valentine's release is proving to remain a solid choice for date night crowds as it now stands at $26.2 million in all after eight days. Look for a sophomore weekend around $8.9 million.
Meanwhile, Race debuted with $2.344 million in sixth place on Friday, unfortunately coming in on the low end of pre-release expectations. Word of mouth (76 percent) and reviews (61 percent) are mixed, so long-term potential isn't strong at the moment. Opening weekend should ring up around $7.2 million.
Landing outside the top five, The Revenant tacked on another $955,000 for a new total of $162.3 million. The 12-time Oscar nominee is aiming for a weekend around $3.8 million. Last but not least, Star Wars: The Force Awakens should score another weekend of $4.1 million following $904,000 on Friday; its all-time record total now stands at a massive $918.7 million.