Ryan Reynolds Redeems Green Lantern Flop With Record-Breaking Deadpool Opening

By on February 19, 2016 in ArticlesEntertainment

What did you do over the Presidents Day holiday weekend? Chances are you went to the movies, and I'm guessing you saw Deadpool. The Marvel superhero movie opening broke several box-office records over the weekend, including biggest R-rated movie opening of all time.

According to comScore, the movie pulled in a record-breaking $132.4 million over the holiday weekend, and $152 million including Presidents Day. These totals have shattered several box office records, including biggest February weekend movie opening, biggest R-Rated movie opening, biggest R-rated comic book superhero movie, biggest X-Men debut, and biggest opening weekend for a Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox, or Tim Miller movie – ever.

Here is the rundown on a few exceptional recording-breaking statistics:

Biggest R-rated opening: Deadpool now holds the title of biggest R-rated opening of all time, beating out the previous record holder, 2003's The Matrix Reloaded, even when accounting for inflation.

Biggest R-rated comic book superhero movie: After just a few days in the theater, Deadpool has already grossed more than other R-rated comic book movies have grossed in total, including 2008's Wanted, 2009's Watchmen, and even 1998's Blade.

Biggest February weekend and biggest Presidents Day weekend opening: Deadpool smashed February and Presidents Day weekend movie opening records set last year by erotic drama 50 Shades of Grey.

The success of Deadpool is even more incredible as many believed the movie would not do well. Its raunchy and dark dialogue, strong violence, and graphic sexual content earned it an R-rating, creating fears that by eliminating the comic book hero obsessed under-18 crowd that recently lined up to see family-friendly Ant Man, there wouldn't be a large enough audience. However, as it turns out, older fans abound, eager to watch a refreshing take on an increasingly played-out movie genre. The movie, and the wise-cracking Deadpool character, resonated with viewers, earning it an "A" rating from CinemaScore and an approval rating of 84% from Rotten Tomatoes.

No one can be more pleased with the movie's success than producer and star Ryan Reynolds. For Reynolds, who played the foul-mouthed antihero Wade Wilson/Deadpool, the movie is a redemption for his widely panned portrayal of DC Comic superhero Green Lantern in the 2011 movie of the same name. According to USA Today, Reynolds had been working with filmmakers for over 11 years to make Deadpool a reality.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Actors Blake Lively (L) and Ryan Reynolds attend the "Deadpool" fan event at AMC Empire Theatre on February 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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In addition, the movie is bound to get first-time director Tim Miller lots of attention. Although Miller has over 20 years of experience working in the industry, mostly on visual effects and animations, this was his first feature-length movie.

With record-breaking sales and great reviews, we can only ask one question – when is the sequel coming out?

Articles Written by Beth McDonald
Beth is a New England-based business and healthcare freelance writer. Prior to beginning her freelance career in 2015, she spent over six years as a business writer for a corporate valuation firm outside of Boston. Before that, she was editor-in-chief of her university student newspaper. When she's not writing, she's probably reading, hiking with her dog, or cleaning up after her latest DIY disaster. Follow Beth on Twitter.
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