Deadpool buries Gods Of Egypt at the Box office

Superhero sensation Deadpool continued to rock the multiplex in its third weekend, grossing $31.5 million from 3,856 theaters and burying Gods of Egypt, the first big-budget bomb of 2016 at the global box office. From Lionsgate, Gods of Egypt opened to an estimated $14 million domestically from 3,117 locations after costing a hefty $140 million to produce (rival studios have it coming in closer to $13.8 million). The ancient fantasy epic, starring Gerard Butler, also bombed overseas, where it debuted to $24.2 million from 68 markets for a worldwide start of $38.2 million. It fell flat in Europe, while it's top-grossing market was Russia with $3.5 million. Gods of Egypt doesn't land in China until March 11.

Deadpool, boasting a domestic total of $285.6 million, had plenty to celebrate as it jumped the $600 million mark worldwide for Fox after earning another $40 million overseas this weekend for a foreign total of $324.2 million and global cume of $610 million. Another big winner overseas this weekend was Disney's animated offering Zootopia, which grossed $30 million from 31 markets for an early foreign tally of $81.4 million. Zootopia opens in the U.S. March 4. Sacha Baron Cohen's The Brothers Grimsby is also getting an early jump overseas before its U.S. launch on March 11. The Sony comedy debuted to $3.7 million from 16 markets, the majority from the U.K. ($2.7 million). Gods of Egypt, with aspirations of launching a new franchise, is a major disappointment for Lionsgate and Butler, who had hoped the recreate the success enjoyed by Zack Snyder and Butler's 300. The film was skewered by critics, with a 13 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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