'Deadpool' upends competition at N. America box office

'Deadpool' upends competition at N. America box office
Ryan Reynolds poses with fans as he arrives for the premiere of 'Deadpool' in New York
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Los Angeles - Superhero movie " Deadpool" throttled its competitors at the North American box office for a second weekend, taking in $55 million (S$77.2 million), well ahead of the other top earners, industry estimates showed Sunday.

Starring Ryan Reynolds as a Marvel Comics character, the film has raked in a projected total of $235.4 million - the fastest rise of any R-rated movie in history - after blasting records for February when it debuted last weekend.

Far behind in second place was "Kung Fu Panda 3" - Dreamworks' computer-animated comedy that follows the adventures of Po as he evolves from martial arts student to teacher - which took in an estimated $12.5 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie, it has garnered $117.1 million in the four weeks since its release.

Sony's Biblical resurrection tale "Risen" debuted in third place with $11.8 million. Directed by Kevin Reynolds, the film stars Joseph Fiennes, who plays a Roman army officer investigating the mysterious disappearance of Jesus's body.

"The Witch" also debuted this weekend, coming in fourth with earnings of $8.7 million. Opening a year after it caused a splash at the Sundance Film Festival, the horror film follows a Puritan family battling evil in 17th-century New England.

"How to be single," a comedy about solo life set in New York City starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann, came in fifth during its second weekend with projected sales of $8.2 million.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were: - "Race," $7.3 million - "Zoolander 2," $5.5 million - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $3.84 million - "The Revenant," $3.80 million - "Hail, Caesar!" $2.6 million

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