Deadpool Has Biggest Opening Day Ever for an R-Rated Movie


All of a sudden, Deadpool has become the comic book movie to beat this year. The red spandex-clad hero played by Ryan Reynolds isn't just irreverent and self-aware - he's downright raunchy.

Dergarabedian said the overperformance of "Deadpool" was similar to the 2012 opening of "The Hunger Games", which stunned the industry with a $152.5 million launch weekend in mid-March. The first one didn't exactly light the box office on fire ($28 million budget; $45 million box office), so a sequel just didn't make much sense to me, and I'm not surprised by its opening weekend numbers.

It's the biggest opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie.

And finally, this is also the largest opening for a Ryan Reynolds film. "The Revenant, " $6.9 million ($14 million international); 6.

The prospect of new superhero movies is far from new and getting a routine to a degree, one of the many topics the red-suited, immortal "Deadpool" addresses.

Of course, that also means more of Reynold's Deadpool, too, who we found a bit on the insufferable side, if not hissable.

When the four-day weekend figures are released it's expected that Deadpool will finish with $150 million. The Ben Stiller movie was a dud, opening to just $15.6 million. For a complete list of the weekend's box office statistics, click on the link below.

"Deadpool" was released along with Hindi films "Fitoor", which stars Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur, and "Sanam Re", which features Yami Gautam and Pulkit Samrat.

How to Be Single took third with $18.8 million.

Directed by Tim Miller with a budget of $58 million, the film also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller and Gina Carano and now holds a rating of 84 percent at Rotten Tomatoes, according to Variety.

Paramount's "Zoolander 2" was less impressive with $16 million at 3,394 sites as the combo of "Deadpool" and withering reviews held back the comedy for a fourth-place finish. It raked in $20.1 million in the United Kingdom and has the biggest opening of all time in Russian Federation with $12.4 million.

Second place for the weekend went to Jack Black's family-friendly animated Kung Fu Panda 3, which made $US19.65 million (for a total of $US94 million after three weeks of release). Panda 3 is projected to pass the $US100 million mark at the end of the four-day weekend. The Warner Bros. film cost $38 million to produce and provided some counter-programming to the hyper-violent "Deadpool".

What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend?