Mushy movies not a must on Valentine’s

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It’s a thumbs up for Deadpool in Philippine cinemas

It’s a thumbs up for Deadpool in Philippine cinemas

Hyper-hero flick ‘Deadpool’ tops PH box office this week

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The numbers are in, and they say that lovers don’t actually need to get mushy over Valentine’s. That is, at least, when it comes to movie picks.

Hyper-hero Deadpool, the latest Marvel star the world is talking about, landed on the top box-office spot over the week, with an impressive haul of P145 million on its first five days of release, beginning February 10.

Dominating a crowded week of new movies, and despite its R-rating, Deadpool’s box-office dominance carried on over the red-hot Valentine’s weekend. Its opening weekend grossed a total of P 145-million, surpassing that of Fifty Shades of Grey’s opening weekend at P94-million.

Deadpool now holds the record for “biggest opening weekend for an R-Rated film” in the country. The movie beat the opening weekends of Star Cinema’s top latest top-grosser Everything About Her, starring Vilma Santos and Angel Locsin, which was already on its second week over Valentine’s weekend.

With the nation’s penchant for a good laugh and craving for a new adventure, Deadpool breakthroughs as a relatable superhero who does indeed break the fourth wall, talking to the audience that never fails to elicit rip-roaring laughter among viewers in cinemas across the nation.

Deadpool, which also opened in the US at top spot, stars Ryan Reynolds and is directed by first time director Tim Miller. It is based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero and tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Also starring in Deadpool are Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand.

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