Yeah, we know Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice had a pretty incredible opening weekend, but Deadpool is still breaking records at the box office and it opened over a month ago.
And when we say “still breaking records,” we don’t mean some obscure record that no one knows about like, “Highest grossing film featuring Ryan Reynolds wearing a mask” — We are talking about legit records. And specifically, a record that hasn’t been touched for almost 13 years.
Deadpool earned $5 million domestically last weekend and $3 million in foreign markets, which brought its worldwide total to $745 million. That’s an important number because it’s now the highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time.
The record was held by The Matrix Reloaded with $742 million. Before Deadpool was released, no one expected it to break this record. But after the impressive opening weekend and the extremely positive reviews, it became clear to everyone that this film wasn’t going to be stopped.
Hopefully this creates more freedom for writers and directors. You see studios wanting to have complete control most of the time, and it often results in a failed project. But Fox seemed to give director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick the freedom they needed to create something special.
It was a risk, but it certainly paid off.