Deadpool has only been in theaters for a few days and it is already making major bank. In fact, so many of us have flocked to the gleefully profane superhero addition that it has brought in a jaw-dropping $150 million over the four-day holiday weekend. This essentially means that it is the first R-rated opening to cross the $100m+ mark, the 8th most successful non-summer release and the biggest February debut in movie history. Impressed? Remind yourself of why it's so awesome by watching the trailer again below:
Yet, it's really testament to how wildly entertaining the movie is that it's actually snagged the spot of the highest grossing movie in 2016 so far. Not only did the superhero flick double its projected opening weekend figures, but it also beat off stiff competition from films such as Zoolander 2.
Another factor for Deadpool's success may actually be due to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the blockbuster that made most of the movie-going world actually lose their minds at the end of 2015. However, by the time the end of January had come around, the intergalactic mania had somewhat dissipated, leaving a wonderful (and probably phallic shaped) void for Deadpool to fill.
That's for now anyway. Although the unconventional superhero movie may be reigning supreme at the moment, that's not to say that another impressive player won't usurp the top spot sometime later in 2016. Here are three big hitters who are likely to make their mark:
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Marvel's biggest contender may come in the shape of two superheroes later on in the year when DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits the big screen. Only March will tell – here's the trailer:
2. Captain America: Civil War
Marvel could also top itself with Captain America: Civil War. Just like Deadpool, it also follows a winning formula that subverts conventional superhero story lines and introduces new characters – Spider-Man and Black Panther in this case:
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
After superheroes in general, the next big thing to hit box offices is inarguably Harry Potter. And although we have waved a fine farewell to J. K. Rowling's book-to-movie series, David Yates's adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is bound to pick up on that on-going obsession with the Wizarding World. Unfortunately, for now we only have the announcement trailer to re-watch again and again in preparation:
Which movie do you think is going to overtake 'Deadpool's' success at the box office?