We told you ‘Deadpool‘ was going to be a success, but even we didn’t think it would take home a massive $135 million over the three-day weekend in the US. Most experts were predicting $60 or $70 million, so this total is a shock to everyone.
Obviously, this is the best opening weekend ever for an R-rated film, and it’s not even really that close. The record was previously held by 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded with a $91. 7 million total. This is a huge victory for the future of the R-rated blockbuster.
And the film didn’t just perform well in the US, it earned a record-breaking $125 million overseas, which puts its worldwide total at around $260 million. That’s extremely impressive when you consider the fact that the film wasn’t even allowed to be released in China, the world’s second largest film market.
With a budget of just $58 million, 20th Century Fox and Ryan Reynolds have to be celebrating right about now. Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson told The Hollywood Reporter the following…
“Deadpool is wildly creative and new, and that’s what audiences want. I think a lot of credit goes to [Fox CEO] Jim Gianopulos for having the courage to make this movie.”
It truly is a creative film. You could tell the movie was going to be great when the opening credits started and described the director as an “overpaid tool,” and the writers as “The Real Heroes Here.” That immediately made me feel comfortable.
If you’re one of the few people who still haven’t watched Deadpool, please cancel all your plans tonight and go watch it. Do it for me. I love you.