The “merc with a mouth,” one of Marvel’s most “unconventional” anti-heroes, is back in action, and his film has already set a record at the box office!
According to ComicBook, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool has adjusted the record upwards for an R-rated Thursday preview, with an evening gross of $12.7 million in 2,975 theaters, beating the previous record holder, Handover Part II ($10.4 million). Additionally, the film has also broken last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey’s February preview record, which earned $8.6 million.
In overseas markets, the film has grossed $12 million, meaning the Marvel flick has collected over $25 million dollars worldwide. Weekend four-day estimates for Deadpool expect that the movie will earn between $70 million and $80 million, though many Fox’s views have remained conservative at $60 million.
— BRUCE LEE (@williethomas8) February 12, 2016
The film follows Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a foul-mouthed, witty mercenary who uses experimental medication to treat his cancer. Ultimately, the serum presented Wade with accelerated healing powers, but severely scarred his face and left him with a dose of insanity. At the behest of Weasel (T.J. Miller), his bestie, Wade becomes a masked vigilante named “Deadpool.”
Faithful to the character’s comic-book counterpart, Deadpool is unstable, prone to relentless murder, and has a tendency to break the fourth wall, meaning he addresses the audience directly. Additionally, the eponymous character also dons his signature [Spider-Man-esque] red and black suit, including the ducktail on the back of the mask and bright white eyes.
By the way, if you haven’t heard Betty White’s take on the flick, check it out in this latest tweet.
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) February 11, 2016
Ryan Reynolds, the film’s star and producer, stated that this version of the character would be more “authentic” than the one portrayed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Moreover, he dished that the project would be faithful to his comic book origins.
Currently, the film has an 84%, Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and we will see the character’s big-screen return in 2017 in the sequel/X-Men film series spinoff, X-Force.
Deadpool opened in North American markets on Friday. The real test of its weekend box office prowess will gauge how it fairs over the President’s Day and Valentine’s Day holidays as it tries to stack up against How To Be Single and Zoolander 2.