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Deadpool ran away all of the competition this weekend by scoring the biggest R-rated opening of all time with $132.7 million in the US and $132.3 million overseas for a global total of $284.5 million over the Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend shattering all expectations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Deadpool is an enormous victory for Fox. The studio kept the budget at a modest $58 million and has also helped itself rebound from its last disastrous comic book release, Fantastic Four.
In addition to having the biggest R-rated opening of all time, Deadpool also set records for the biggest opening for the month of February, the top opening in the history for Fox, and the biggest debut for a first time feature director (Tim Miller). Deadpool differs from its superhero movie predecessors in that it not only pokes fun of the superhero genre, it takes a few of jabs of star Ryan Reynolds career choices.
Deadpool is ultimately the origin story of Wade Wilson, a mercenary who receives special healing powers while receiving an experimental treatment for cancer. After the treatment leaves him horribly disfigured, he vows to get revenge on the villain who wronged him. The character has not been seen in any Marvel film since 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Deadpool also took the crown from the previous R-rated opening record holder, The Matrix Reloaded ($91.8 million), set in 2003 and one of the longest held records in box office history.