Connect
To Top

‘Deadpool’ Surges To Another Box Office Win … But It’s Got Nothing On ‘The Mermaid’

After one of the most successful marketing campaigns in the history of moving pictures, Deadpool is currently enjoying a second consecutive week atop the domestic box office standings. Of course, as good as the Merc With a Mouth is doing these days, he’s got close competition on an international level.

Advertisement

At the moment, Fox’s gory, funny, R-rated superhero experiment is definitely paying off. In its second weekend Deadpool took home $55 million, more than four times its closest competitor (Kung Fu Panda 3, which added another $12.5 million to its $117 million domestic gross to date). The addition of this weekend’s gross makes Deadpool the highest grossing X-Men movie released by Fox (thankfully beating out Brett Ratner’s God awful X-Men: The Last Cash Grab … er, Stand). In addition, it’s also the highest grossing R-rated comic book movie of all time.

And yet, Deadpool doesn’t have anything on Stephen Chow and a weird little mermaid.

While us heathens in America are stuffing our faces with popcorn and guffawing at dick jokes (cleverly written as they may be), the people in China are flocking in droves to see the newest comedy from director Stephen Chow, a name you might recognize if you’ve see 2004’s silly (but awesome) Kung Fu Hustle.

Chow’s film, The Mermaid, has already delivered more than $417 million in Chinese domestic box office grosses, nearly as much as Deadpool’s entire $450 million gross domestically and internationally. The film, which follows a love story between a real estate developer and the mermaid who was sent to assassinate him, is the toast of China’s box office.

According to Bloomberg, “China’s movie market is growing at a compound rate of 37 percent per year and will surpass the U.S. to become the largest by 2017.” It’s a lesson that producers in Hollywood are slowly learning.

Regardless of our ribald tastes and our love of a good action flick, the future of cinema is East.

Advertisement

Advertisement


More in News

  • Sophie Turner Quitting Acting

    The Game of Thrones actress has been done filming Season 8 since last summer, and apparently she’s been on a hiatus...

    Katie RosbottomApril 17, 2019
  • Hoda Kotb Adopts Her Second Child

    Following Tuesday morning’s episode of Today, the co-anchor announced via phone that she has adopted a second child, a daughter named...

    Katie RosbottomApril 16, 2019
  • Wendy Williams Files for Divorce

    Yesterday, it was confirmed that the daytime talk show host has officially filed for divorce from her husband of over two...

    Katie RosbottomApril 12, 2019
  • Nipsey Hussle Memorial Service Draws Thousands

    The late rapper’s ‘Celebration of Life’ is taking place at the Staples Center today, and TMZ is live streaming what’s expected...

    Katie RosbottomApril 11, 2019
  • Charles Van Doren Dead at 93

    Charles Van Doren, one of the most infamous TV game show contestants of all time, has passed away.   Advertisement According...

    Katie RosbottomApril 10, 2019
  • Kim Kardashian Taking Bar Exam in 2022

    The reality star has plans to follow in her father Robert Kardashian’s footsteps by becoming an attorney, and she’s aiming to...

    Katie RosbottomApril 10, 2019
×