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'Deadpool' blasts N. America box office records


Los Angeles: Superhero movie 'Deadpool' dominated the North American box office on its debut weekend, taking in a record breaking $152 million and leaving its competitors in the dust, industry estimates showed Tuesday.

Starring Ryan Reynolds as a Marvel Comics character, the film's blow out reception in theatres propelled it to the biggest-ever February and R-rated debut, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

The figure included box office receipts for Monday, which was a public holiday in the United States.

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 $25.9 million.

Featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie, it has garnered $100 million since its release.

Also making its debut - in third place - was 'How To Be Single,' a comedy about solo life set in New York City starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann.

It saw $19.9 million in ticket sales over Valentine's Day weekend.

Fourth place went to fellow new release 'Zoolander 2,' which snagged $15.9 million.

Starring and directed and co-written by Ben Stiller, the comedy that dips into the fashion world also features Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson.

Coming in fifth was 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' only the third film ever to reach the $2 billion mark in global ticket sales, which took in $7.6 million over the weekend.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

The Revenant - $7.6 million

Hail, Caesar!  - $7.4 million

The Choice     - $5.8 million

Ride Along 2   - $5.1 million

The Boy          - $3.6 million

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