ByTom Cox, writer at
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Tom Cox

Marvel fans can leave their brown pants at home today because Deadpool has smashed a superhuman amount of records, hauling in over $260 million globally on its opening weekend!

The gargantuan total swept up $135 million in the US, over the four-day President's weekend, as well as $125 million internationally. The booty more than quadruples its $58 million production budget!

This game-changing cinematic debut of pansexual superhero Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) disproves the rule that pictures of this genre need to be family-friendly to strike gold at the box office.

Deadpool first started raking in those dollars following its premiere on February 12.

What about the massive success of other comic book films?

Hey there sailor
Hey there sailor

The $135 million rockets Deadpool into first place for opening weekend figures of R-rated comic adaptations in the US - beating 300 (2007) by a cool $64.2 million.

In relation to all comic book movie debuts, it's seventh behind two Avengers films, two Dark Knight flicks, Iron Man 3 and Spider-Man 3. Kapow!

But even more impressive is how in the tables of non-sequel films it's second only to the $152 million of The Hunger Games (2012).

Ravaging the R-rated


Deadpool is the first ever R-rated opening weekend to top $100 million. It is the first of 38 attempts in the last 14 years, by films with the same rating, to break through this dollar-lined ceiling.

It's also the biggest opening weekend for 20th Century Fox EVER! That means bigger than the X-Men films and all of the Star Wars gang. Darth who?

It thrashes previous records in the highest-grossing R-rated comic book superhero film category. These were was previously held by Wanted (2008) with $134.5 million and Watchmen (2009), for costumed superhero films, with $107.5 million.

Update: According to the latest reports from Box Office Mojo, over the President's Day holiday in the US, Deadpool has now accrued an estimated $150 million domestically. Holy f*cking guacamole, how many chimichangas can you get for that?

In a nutshell, if you haven't seen it you probably should. Watch the trailer shown at the Super Bowl here:

Does the film's quality measure up to these figures? Comment below!

Source: Forbes


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