Ryan Reynolds’ alternative comic book hero movie took an impressive $12.7 million at the North American box office on its first night to score the highest ever grossing opening day for an ‘R’ rated movie.
Beating Zoolander 2 and How to Be Single, Deadpool is headed for a bumper Valentine’s Day weekend that should see it beat the ‘R’ rated Box Office Record for an opening weekend.
Deadpool has already smashed The Hangover Part II’s record of $10.4 million on an opening Thursday, as well as the $8.6 million taken by Fifty Shades of Grey.
In American, ‘R’ means anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult to watch the movie. Deadpool received a ’15’ rating in the UK, so the figures won’t be quite so good this side of the pond.
These latest figures show that the superhero movie is set to dominate Hollywood production budgets for the foreseeable future. With a huge back catalogue of superheroes in both the DC and Marvel camps, movie-goers should expect more of the same for at least the next ten years.
Reynolds will be overjoyed at the figures, as Deadpool was a labour of love for him since the character’s first cinematic appearance on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It took a social media campaign to persuade Fox to stump up the cash – and now they’re laughing all the way to the bank.
And following Reynolds’ disastrous Green Lantern movie, he’ll be happy that he finally has a superhero role he can be proud of. Expect for Deadpool movies over the next few years. Indeed, ScreenRant is already reporting that mutant soldier Cable will feature in a sequel.
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