Is it just me, or does the air smell of chimichangas right now?
Originally projected to only make about $60 million in its opening 4 day weekend, Twentieth Century Fox’s Deadpool has, to put it plainly, shattered every financial expectation it had going for it. In case you couldn’t tell already, this is very, very good news as well, for comic book movies, rated R movies, and well, movies in general. After finally taking a chance on doing this character right, it looks like Fox’s confidence in the project has finally paid off.
The film made $135 million over its three day weekend (thanks to BoxOfficeMojo), and is projected to break $160 million over its four day weekend, which is about double what industry experts had expected from the film’s opening weekend. Considering the film took $58 million to make as well, not counting its marketing budget, I think it’d be safe to say that Deadpool has brought in some very rare, wildly successful numbers for the studio.
With these estimates, after already bringing in the best February preview screening numbers and and best R rating preview screening numbers, the film has raked in the largest February opening weekend of all time, breaking the record previously held by Fifty Shades of Grey last year with $85. 1 million, and the film’s 4-day President’s Day weekend record of $93 million from last year as well.
That’s not all either.
The film also broke The Matrix Reloaded‘s record for the largest R-rated opening weekend of all time ($91.7 million) as well as the largest R-rated comic book adaptation opening of all time, previously held by 300‘s $70.8 million. Shattering American Sniper‘s $89.2 million as well, Deadpool just maintained the largest winter opening weekend ever, and has become the largest opening weekend for 20th Century Fox, which had previously been the $108.4 million opening weekend from 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Oh, and did we also mention that after beating X-Men: The Last Stand‘s $102 million opening, Deadpool has become the highest-grossing X-Men film ever made. Considering this is a movie that Fox spent about ten years having an on and off relationship with, that’s pretty damn good.
This comes as welcome news for Deadpool‘s lead, Ryan Reynolds as well, who’s star power had previously fallen throughout the past few years, and who had also been the victim of two failed superhero adaptations in Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Finally able to play Deadpool (the role he was born to play) the right way, and Reynolds is perhaps the most pitch-perfect comic book superhero casting we’ve seen yet, on par with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man.
Deadpool is in theatres everywhere now. Go see it.
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