Valentine’s Day sits on a Sunday this year, which usually means good things for the domestic box office.
Joining holdovers this week in wide release are: Marvel’s R-rated superhero movie Deadpool, Warner Bros’ romantic comedy How to Be Single, and the Ben Stiller directed Zoolander 2.
Twentieth Century Fox is taking a large gamble in bringing fan-favorite comic book character Deadpool to theaters, however, positive press and good word of mouth have placed estimates that the film will open in the $70 million range.
The hard R-rated film stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces operative, who after being subjected to a horrible experiment and gaining mutant powers takes on the persona of wise-cracking, ultra-violent Deadpool.
With his new mutant abilities and help from some of the X-Men, he goes on the hunt to track down the man who destroyed his life.
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, and Ed Skrein star in this action-comedy from director Tim Miller.
Deadpool is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity; with a run time of 108 minutes.
Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect 2) hope to keep their box office hot streak going with the new romantic comedy How to Be Single.
In New York City, a group of unmarried singles must learn how to properly be single in a world where the definition of love is ever-changing.
Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Anders Holm and Damon Wayans Jr. star in this film adapted from a book of the same name by Liz Tuccillo.
How to Be Single is rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout; with a run time of 110 minutes.
It has been a decade and a half since we last saw Ben Stiller’s model persona Derek Zoolander, in 2001’s Zoolander.
Zoolander 2, reunites Zoolander and Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson) as they are recruited by Interpol to find who is responsible for the assassination of some of the world’s most beautiful musical celebrities.
Meanwhile, Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell) is set free and will stop at nothing to get his revenge on Zoolander.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, and Will Ferrell return joined by newcomers Kristen Wiig, Penélope Cruz, and Benedict Cumberbatch in this goofy comedy co-written by Justin Theroux, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg, and Ben Stiller.
Zoolander 2 is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong language; with a run time of 102 minutes.
In limited release is Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next.
The controversial director’s newest film sees Michael Moore playfully “invade” other nations to see what the United States can learn from them.
Where to Invade Next is rated R for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity; with a run time of 119 minutes.
Here is a list of this week’s newest releases and theater counts courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
The weekend of February 19 brings with it three new wide releases.
Race, set during the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, tells the remarkable true story of Jesse Owens as he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
Next is the Biblical story of the Resurrection Risen, as told through the eyes of a Roman Military Tribune as he is tasked with disproving the rumors of a risen Messiah and stop a potential uprising in Jerusalem.
Finally the Sundance darling The Witch, this horror film follow a 1630s family being torn apart by the dark forces of witchcraft, black magic and possessions.
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