New “Deadpool,” “Batman” Box-Office Talk

While everyone was talking about the DC heroes at the box-office this weekend, FOX’s little engine that could – “Deadpool” – broke a new record.

The Ryan Reynolds-led darkly comedic superhero film soared past “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest grossing R-rated film worldwide with a whopping $745 million. On the domestic front it’s still in third place, but is expected to pass second place holder “American Sniper” this week as it’s just one million dollars behind it.

The film will need an additional $20 million though to take the top spot which is still held by Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”.

Meanwhile Forbes has come to an interesting conclusion regarding the box-office performance of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

It seems the film, which revised its Friday-Sunday estimates downwards from $170 million to $166 million when actual figures came in, scored the single biggest drop between Friday and Sunday opening weekend box-office tallies of any superhero film to date – falling 55% from $82 million to $37 million.

In comparison, the next nearest were last year’s “Fantastic Four” (48.3%), “The Dark Knight Rises” (47%), “Kick-Ass 2” (43.2%) and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (40.4%).

As a measure of quality though this is not an effective tool though as shown by a range of results in the article such as “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (5.8%), Deadpool” (9.9%), “Green Hornet” (11.7%), “Man of Steel” (17.6%), “The Avengers” (29.3%), “Guardians of the Galaxy” (32.5%), “Thor” (33.7%) and “Captain America: Winter Soldier” (36.6%).

What it is more indicative of is the overall domestic gross which the article suggests will be more along the lines of “Iron Man 3” with $409 million as opposed to the first “The Avengers” with $623 million.