‘Deadpool’ breaks box office records with $135 million debut

This weekend, comic book fans finally got something they have been waiting decades for: a Deadpool movie. Despite Ryan Reynolds playing the character, which not too many people were fond of after his flop in “Green Lantern”, the movie has done particularly well for having a February release.

In fact, it has done very well. The movie, which is rated R (surprising for Disney, unsurprising if you know Deadpool), broke box office records with a $135 million debut, the largest for an R-rated movie in history, according to Buzzfeed.

The record was previously held by “The Matrix Reloaded” at $91.7 million in 2003. The website released a few charts showing just how well Deadpool did this weekend.

The first chart shows that the movie blew every other R-rated movie debut out of the water. The second shows the same for R-rated comic book movies and the third shows that Deadpool came just behind “X-Men: The Last Stand” for movies involving that franchise.

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If you didn’t think that “Deadpool” was going to be a success due to it having such an odd release (February and Valentine’s Day weekend usually don’t bode well for comic book movies), then you were wrong. Just look at the top ten box office numbers from this past weekend.

1. Deadpool* — $135 million
2. Kung Fu Panda 3 — $19.7 million
3. How to Be Single* — $18.8 million
4. Zoolander 2* — $15.7 million
5. The Revenant — $6.9 million
6. Hail, Caesar! — $6.6 million
7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens — $6.2 million
8. The Choice — $5.3 million
9. Ride Along 2 — $4.1 million
10. The Boy — $2.9 million

Yeah, that’s pretty impressive. Looks like I have to go watch this movie and soon.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe