It seems the comic adaptation “Deadpool” treated the box-office this weekend the way its title character was treated by his girlfriend on International Womens Day in the film itself.
20th Century Fox’s release, budgeted at an economical $58 million, absolutely smashed the President’s Day Weekend box office and continues to surpass all expectations. Yesterday, after the opening day figures came in, the film was on track to make around $117 million over the three-day and $130 million over the four-day holiday weekend.
Those estimates have again been revised considerably upward. The three-day estimate now stands at $135 million with the four-day total now looking to hit as high as $150 million. That not only easily surpasses the previous record for this holiday, but it’s also the biggest ever opening for an R-rated film – shattering the long held $91.8 million three-day record that “The Matrix Reloaded” did in 2003.
The success also is a much welcome relief for star Ryan Reynolds following several comic movie flops including “Green Lantern,” “RIPD,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Blade: Trinity”.
The success stands in stark contrast to the other comedy opener this weekend, “Zoolander 2,” which is aiming to pull in around $18 million over the four-day holiday – the unprecedented success of “Deadpool” being blamed for the film’s failure rather than the scathing reviews it has received.