'Deadpool' ($8.95 Million) Fends Off Weak Newcomers 'Gods of Egypt' ($4.76M), 'Triple 9' ($2.14M), & 'Eddie the Eagle' ($1.94M) on Friday

on February 27, 2016 by BoxOffice Staff
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Fox's Deadpool reigned against on Friday with an estimated $8.95 million, off about 45 percent from the same day last week. That brings its domestic total up to an excellent $263.1 million through 15 days of release, 29 percent ahead of where Guardians of the Galaxy stood at the same point. We're projecting another easy first place crown for the Merc with a Mouth as the film heads toward a $31 million third frame.

Liongsate's Gods of Egypt debuted in second with $4.76 million yesterday. While slightly higher, that's generally in line with the studio's past winter misfires I, Frankenstein ($2.87 million opening day) and The Legend of Hercules ($3.16 million). Unfortunately, the film marks the first big-budget misfire of 2016 due to its rumored $140 million production budget. Word of mouth and reviews are sour early on with a 48 percent score from Flixster audiences and disastrous 11 percent from Rotten Tomatoes critics. BoxOffice projects an opening weekend of $13.4 million.

Open Road launched Triple 9 to an estimated $2.14 million in third place on Friday. Unfortunately, that falls a bit shy of pre-release expectations as the film had been aiming for an opening closer to the studio's Nightcrawler ($3.2 million opening day). Mixed reviews (55 percent) and audience reception (53 percent) are surely holding it back at this point. Look for a weekend tally around $6.0 million.

Kung Fu Panda 3 claimed fourth place with $1.955 million yesterday, off just 32 percent from last week. Its domestic haul is now $121.4 million. Look for a very healthy $9.2 million weekend.

The last of three wide openers this weekend continued the group trend as Eddie the Eagle opened to a disappointing $1.935 million in fifth place on Friday. The family-friendly, feel-good sports drama had been hoping to capitalize on mostly positive reviews (72 percent from critics, 84 percent from audiences) and pre-release screening buzz, but momentum never caught fire as social media activity limped into release. The good news is that staying power could be in the film's advantage, but for now it falls short of last year's McFarland, USA which itself was a modest opener ($3.63 million opening day). BoxOffice projects a $5.8 million weekend.

Risen was down 52 percent from opening day last week to $1.94 million yesterday. Its total stands at $17.6 million through eight days of play. Positive word of mouth among the target audience should continue to drive it in the weeks ahead. Its sophomore frame should land around $7.3 million this weekend (Sony itself is projecting $7.0 million).

Last but not least, The Revenant increased 0.6 percent from last Friday to $971,000 yesterday. The 12-time Oscar-nominated epic's domestic total is now $167.7 million and looks for a $3.5 million weekend. Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Force Awakens added $677,000 yesterday, bringing its all-time record domestic haul up to $923.7 million. It should bring in around $2.7 million this weekend.

Tags: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kung Fu Panda 3, The Revenant, Risen, Gods of Egypt, Eddie the Eagle, Deadpool, Triple 9
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