Marvel's R-rated antihero smash "Deadpool" continued to dominate movie theaters over the weekend, earning an estimated $55 million and trouncing a trio of ­newcomers.

After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its Presidents' Day weekend four-day debut, the comic book adaptation from 20th Century Fox starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed mercenary again topped the North American box office. Having already grossed $235.4 million domestically, "Deadpool" — made for just $58 million — is poised to become one of the most successful R-rated movies ever.

Globally, the film — now certain to spawn a franchise of its own — has made $491.1 million thus far.

Among new releases, the faith-based drama "Risen" debuted with $11.8 million. The film, in which Joseph Fiennes plays a Roman soldier investigating the death and resurrection of Jesus, was made for about $20 million by Sony's Affirm label, which targets evangelical Christian moviegoers.

A24's critically acclaimed Puritan thriller "The Witch" opened with $8.7 million, marking the biggest opening of the indie label behind the Oscar-nominated drama "Room." The Jesse Owens biopic from Focus Features, "Race," struggled to find its footing with $7.3 million. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, "Race" stars Stephan James as the Olympic sprinter.

Edging out the three debuts was Fox's "Kung Fu Panda 3," which made $12.5 million in its fourth weekend.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday:

1. "Deadpool," $55 million ($85 million international).

2. "Kung Fu Panda 3," $12.5 million.

3. "Risen," $11.8 million.

4. "The Witch," $8.7 million.

5. "How To Be Single," $8.2 million.

6. "Race," $7.3 million.

7. "Zoolander 2," $5.5 million.

8. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $3.8 million.

9. "The Revenant," $3.8 million.

10. "Hail, Caesar!" $2.6 million.

Associated Press