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‘Deadpool’ blasts N. America box office records

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This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Ryan Reyonlds in a scene from the film, “Deadpool.” Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. via AP

LOS ANGELES, United States—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.

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

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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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