We're never going to tire of reporting Deadpool successes. The Merc with the Mouth is leaping further into dollar-lined gains by crossing the $300 million marker at the domestic box office this weekend. It is now the third highest-grossing R-rated movie in North America ever.
The film has been pulling ticket sales in hand over fist with a total of $311.1 million at the time of writing, according to Box Office Mojo, having hauled in another $10 million over Saturday and Sunday. Worldwide, the box office figure is $673.2 million from 80 countries.
The booty has just nipped the $100 million mark of surplus over the former biggest box office gross in North America by an R-rated comic book adaptation, previously held by 300. The epic fantasy about Spartan warriors stashed $210.6 million in 2007.
The greatest R-rated domestic gross ever is The Passion Of The Christ with $379.8 million in 2004. Deadpool is currently in third place, also being behind American Sniper, which made $350.13 in 2014.
It should be noted that, in characteristically Deadpool fashion, it was not compulsory for the comic book adaptation to be R-rated, while the gory subject matter of the two front-runners made their child-unfriendly rating inevitable.
- R-rated opening weekend: $132.7 million
- Biggest 20th Century Fox opening weekend
- Biggest X-Men opening weekend
- Biggest Ryan Reynolds opening weekend