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Deadpool stays on top

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, ‘Deadpool’.
Po (right) trains a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren in Kung Fu Panda 3.
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NEW YORK (AP):

Marvel's R-rated anti-hero smash Deadpool continued to dominate cinemas over the weekend, earning an estimated US$55 million and trouncing a trio of newcomers.

After pulling in US$152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut, the comic book adaptation from 20th Century Fox, starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed mercenary, again topped the North American box office. Having already grossed US$235.4 million domestically Deadpool - made for just US$58 million - is poised to become one of the most successful R-rated movies ever.

Globally, the film has made US$491.1 million thus far.

Among new releases, the faith-based drama Risen debuted with US$11.8 million. The film, in which Joseph Fiennes plays a Roman soldier investigating the death and resurrection of Jesus, was made for about US$20 million.

Critically acclaimed Puritan thriller The Witch opened with US$8.7 million.

The Jesse Owens biopic from Focus Features, Race, struggled to find its footing with US$7.3 million. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, Race stars Stephan James as the Olympic sprinter.

Following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through yesterday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore.

1. Deadpool, US$55m (US$85m international)

2. Kung Fu Panda 3, US$12.5m

3. Risen, US$11.8m

4. The Witch, US$8.7m

5. How To Be Single, US$8.2m

6. Race, US$7.3m

7. Zoolander 2, US$5.5m

8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, US$3.8m

9. The Revenant, US$3.8m

10. Hail, Caesar!, US$2.6m