The gargantuan risk which spent 10 years in development hell is breaking box office records left, right, and centre.
Deadpool's $265M global opening weekend is astonishing, to say the least. It now officially primes it as the biggest R-rated opening of all time, beating out both The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.
The film also landed the biggest February opening, topping last year's Fifty Shades of Grey; as well as the biggest opening for studio 20th Century Fox. Yes, the Merc with a Mouth outdid the entire X-Men franchise, and every single (pre-Force Awakens) Star Wars film. It also marks the biggest opening for a first time feature director for Tim Miller, whose previous experience had limited him to VFX artistry.
What really brings home Deadpool's success is the perspective fact it was filmed on a lean $58M; don't expect that budget to stay trimmed when it comes round to filming Deadpool 2. For a franchise has officially landed.
The question now is whether the film can keep this momentum going in the coming weeks. The current, all-time R-rated record holder is Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, which earned $371M in the US. Deadpool is currently standing at $135M domestic; a long way to go, but still a major threat.
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