Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Becomes Biggest R-Rated Opening of All-Time
Deadpool is officially a record-breaker.
Fronted by Ryan Reynolds as the acerbic, fourth wall-breaking superhero, Deadpool has earned a record-breaking $135 million over the three-day Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend. All this, on a budget of just $58 million, which is a bit slim for a major superhero film. But Deadpool exceeded all expectations, easily coming in at No. 1 for this weekend. The tremendous gross for Deadpool makes this not only the biggest opening of all-time for an R-rated film, it’s also one of the best debuts ever for a superhero movie. In addition, it’s the biggest opening of all-time for a first-time director, for helmer Tim Miller, as well as holding the record for biggest debut ever for Fox and the biggest February opening of all-time overall. If you factor in potential grosses for President’s Day itself, Deadpool could finish with a stellar $150 million, a gross that would easily trump the $93 million debut of Fifty Shades of Grey last year.
This is a huge payoff for Reynolds, who spent over a decade trying to get the movie made his way. And considering how badly 20th Century Fox botched the Deadpool character in X-Men: Origins: Wolverine, we should be thankful Reynolds got to make a movie that was consistent with the tone of the character in the comic books, while also sporting a rating that didn’t water down the material in an awkward attempt to appeal to all audiences.
The success for Deadpool made it difficult for other newcomers to find a foothold. Comedy film How to Be Single landed at No. 3 with $18.8 million, which is about what New Line and MGM were anticipating, although the movie actually came within a million dollars of snatching the No. 2 spot. However, Kung Fu Panda 3 remained steady with $19.7 million. And yet, with comedies taking up No. 2 and No. 3, you’d think one of the most anticipated, hyped comedies of the year would have performed better. But that wasn’t the case for Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
Zoolander 2 got off to an underwhelming start, earning just $15.7 million to come in at No. 4. Studio execs had projected an opening above $25 million. Perhaps the poor word-of-mouth hurt its box office, or maybe it really is as simple as Deadpool drawing away the audience that might have gone to see Zoolander 2. Either way, this movie has to cover significant ground to make back its $50 million budget. At the very least, it’s making up some of the difference overseas, as the comedy sequel is actually doing better than the first film in its debut week, earning $8.5 million from 20 markets.
Rounding out the top five is BAFTA winner and Oscar frontrunner The Revenant, which earned $6.9 million to bring its projected domestic total to $160.4 million.
But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 02/15/2016
1. Deadpool ($135 million)
2. Kung Fu Panda 3 ($19.7 million)
3. How to Be Single $18.8 million)
4. Zoolander 2 ($15.7 million)
5. The Revenant ($6.9 million)
6. Hail, Caesar! ($6.6 million)
7. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens ($6.2 million)
8. The Choice ($5.2 million)
9. Ride Along 2 ($4.1 million)
10. The Boy ($2.9 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend in film, check out the list of winners from the BAFTA Awards 2016 and watch Betty White review Deadpool in a hilarious video!