The fans have spoken, and apparently they love a mercenary superhero with a dark and a witty side in Deadpool. Following a record-shattering opening weekend, this movie by Ryan Reynolds has become the highest grossing X-Men movie of all time in the U.S.
Deadpool is far ahead all the X-Men
In a weekend that saw the premieres of the Biblical epic “Risen,” the Jesse Owens biopic “Race,” and the horror film “The Witch,” “Deadpool” earned an estimated $55 million to claim the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive week. “X-Men: The Last Stand” ($234.36 million), “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($233.9 million), “X2” ($214.95 million), “X-Men: First Class” ($146.4 million), and “The Wolverine” ($132.6 million) all fell beneath the film’s 10-day domestic gross of $235.39 million.
“Risen,” though landing in third place behind “Kung Fu Panda 3” ($12.5 million), marks another success for a faith-based film following “War Room.” Telling the story of a Roman soldier investigating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it brought in $11.8 million from screenings in 2,915 theatres. The romantic comedy “How to Be Single” rounded out the top five with $8.2 million, pushing its domestic total to $31.8 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are “Zoolander 2” ($5.5 million), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($3.84 million), “The Revenant” ($3.8 million), and “Hail, Caesar!” ($2.6 million).
‘Deadpool’ is an R-rated movie
Fox, the studio behind this movie, had absolutely no faith in it, and that is exactly why it only gave $58 million for Deadpool’s film adaptation. In fact, the studio had basically expected the film to flop. Instead, it shattered all those predictions, destroying February records with a $152.2 million Presidents’ Weekend launch.
Now, after two weeks, “Deadpool” has earned $235.4 million domestically, re-established Ryan Reynolds as a major Hollywood star and created a new superhero franchise to rival the likes of Avengers, Superman, and X-Men.
“It’s one of those times where a movie becomes a touchstone in culture,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s domestic distribution chief. “It just becomes part of the zeitgeist and one of those movies you just have to see. That’s due to its uniqueness. People have never seen anything like this before.”
“Deadpool” was seen making fun of Wolverine and Green Lantern in the movie.
Although “Deadpool” has become a smashing hit for Fox, it is mainly because of its small budget, which we are guessing would be much higher for its sequel. But the movie’s R-rating still works as a disadvantage. While kids are always raving about superheroes, they probably won’t get to watch Deadpool in the movies, which means the merchandising revenue of Deadpool will also go down the drain. Yes, there are a lot of adults who like to collect superhero toys, but not as many as kids.
Ryan Reynolds has obviously hit the right spot with this movie. After his failed superhero attempt with the Green Lantern movie and the hideous green CGI suit, “Deadpool” has proven to be the perfect movie — with the perfect suit.