LOS ANGELES – Three new niche films generated O.K. audience interest over the weekend, as “Deadpool” remained the mainstream movie of the moment.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, the R-rated “Deadpool” (20th Century Fox) collected about $55 million at North American multiplexes, for an astounding two-week domestic total of $235.4 million, according to comScore, which tracks box office data. Overseas, “Deadpool” has taken in an additional $256.5 million.
DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” (Fox) chugged away in second place, taking in an estimated $12.5 million, for a four-week total of $117.1 million. That total is about 20 percent behind “Kung Fu Panda 2” at the same point in its release.
Third place went to “Risen” (Sony Pictures Entertainment), a biblical drama that cost about $20 million to make. It collected roughly $11.8 million.
“The Witch” (A24), a period horror film about a Puritan family and a demonic goat, took in $8.7 million. A24 acquired rights to the movie, which made its debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, for roughly $1 million. Critics responded favorably, but audiences gave it a C-minus in CinemaScore exit polls, perhaps because of the extremely difficult-to-decipher 1630 dialect used by the actors.
The third new film, “Race” (Focus Features), which recounts the story of Jesse Owens, the African-American track star who triumphed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, arrived to $7.3 million in ticket sales. Focus acquired certain distribution rights for about $5 million; it was independently financed for roughly $25 million.