The movie is the rare Marvel-branded superhero offering to be rated R.
Proving that wit and originality can pay off, Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool shattered numerous records in its global debut as the daring, R-rated superhero movie transformed into a must-see curiosity.
In North America, Deadpool earned $135 million for the three-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend on its way to a massive four-day holiday gross of $150 million or more. Overseas, it launched to a rousing $125 million.
The Fox movie, an X-Men spinoff, launches a new superhero franchise and redeems the studio after last summer’s Fantastic Four debacle. And it more than redeems Reynolds after his previous superhero movie, Green Lantern, fell flat. Deadpool is easily the actor’s top opening of all time.
Reynolds spent more than a decade convincing Fox to make Deadpool his way, meaning with a “hard” R rating. The decision to say ‘”yes” paid off, with Deadpool securing the No. 7 opening of all time for a comic book adaptation behind the two The Avengers movies, Iron Man 3, the final two Dark Knight films and Spider-Man 3, not accounting for inflation.
A complete breakdown of all records is at The Hollywood Reporter.