Deadpool is off to a record-breaking start. The Fox film brought in $12.7 million at the US box office for its Thursday night opening, setting a new record for an R-rated movie. The previous record-holder was 2011’s The Hangover Part II, which took in $10.4 million, according to Variety.
The over-the-top action movie starring Ryan Reynolds as the “merc with a mouth” is projected to make as much as $70 million domestically over the weekend, the site reports. The movie may also benefit from the upcoming four-day weekend, as Monday, February 15 is a federal holiday with many workplaces and schools closed.
If it brings in $70 million, that would make it the second-biggest President’s Day weekend opening in US history, only behind 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which took in $93 million.
Deadpool had a reported production budget of $58 million. A sequel is supposedly being planned, with Fox eager to keep the creative team together.
For more on the film, you can check out GameSpot’s review and what other critics are saying in this review roundup. You also look at this gallery of images showcasing some of Deadpool’s most gruesome comics moments.
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