'Deadpool' tops 'Gods of Egypt' at box office

Uninspired'Gods of Egypt is a convoluted mess of filler CGI

R18 box office success story Deadpool remained in the No. 1 spot.

The film, which continues to perform beyond any and all expectations, netted another $31.5 million domestically, bringing the stateside tally to $285 million. The mythological epic only netted a mere $24.2 million overseas. Expect another bump next weekend, but it won't go much higher than $42-45 million at this point.

It doesn't help that Gods of Egypt has been dogged for months by negative press, primarily due to the perceived "whitewashing" of its cast. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.

The failure is a major sting for Lionsgate, who greenlit Egypt with the idea of turning it into a franchise. "What are you going to do?" says Dergarabedian.

Only 13 percent of Rotten Tomatoes' approved critics gave the film positive marks, although 49 percent of regular viewers admitted to liking it.

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Panda power followed as the DreamWorks Animation threequel Kung Fu Panda 3 grossed an estimated $9M dropping 28% in its fifth round.

Eddie the Eagle failed to soar, coming in at #5 in its first frame with $6.3 million. Taron Egerton stars as the real-life British ski jumping star Michael Edwards. "I have seen that happen to many of my friends films recently and particularly to many original fantasy movies released in the past few years". The budget was $23 million.

The weekend's other opener, crime drama Triple 9, crashed and burned with only $6.1 million. The Open Road pic is now at $39.2M. That same year, Paramount's Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, fared somewhat better, grossing $244 million, but it sported a hefty production budget of $100 million. The period horror piece was down a very solid 43%, which is impressive considering both the typical front-loaded nature of horror films and the middling word of mouth. They haven't specified what movies will end up in those slots, but it doesn't seem unwise to expect Deadpool to end up in the January slot. And the $100 million Pompeii also was a huge loss in 2014, topping out at $117.8 million globally. Given this opening, Triple 9 is likely looking at a $15-17 million domestic run.

North American receipts for Oscar weekend see superhero movie reaching projected total of $286 million. Despite its horrid showing, Gods of Egypt's $14 million draw was good enough to land it at number two for the week.

It's worth noting that Disney's Zootopia has been doing really well in early worldwide release. Finally, there's WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT starring Tina Fey.

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