Projections had Deadpool doing well this weekend, but not this well.
The early tracking on the new Ryan Reynolds comic book Film had been putting the film at the $55 million dollar mark for its Opening Weekend, but something has gone a bit screwy it seems. The new film took in $47.5m on Friday, and now it appears on track for $117m over the three day weekend and $130m through Presidents Day. Off a $58m budget the film is going to hit profit its opening weekend using the traditional – albeit simplified – Hollywood math of “budget times two” to account for ancillary costs.
Deadpool has had a long journey to the big screen with Reynolds and Fox trying to figure out how to make it work for 11 years. The character did appear in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but everyone agreed it didn’t work there due to changes that were made. Reynolds has fought for version that was comic accurate as possible, and he finally got it down to even the costume being spot on (something we rarely see).
Currently Deadpool is on track for the biggest ever Presidents Day weekend opening, and comScore’s exit polling is reporting a 92 percent recommendation rate from audiences, so word of mouth is sure to spread.
I think the only question we’re going to be left with is when Deadpool 2 will hit screens, not if it will. Word is the story is in the works, so I think the idea is going to be to move fast.