Yes you heard that right. The movie that took 11 years to get to the cinema (if you believe what Ryan Reynolds has been saying during his press tours) is officially the highest grossing X-Men film in the US. Of course America does judge it’s openings on domestic takings.
What this means is that in the states, the film has pulled in $235 million, topping 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which had a total domestic gross of $234.3 million.
Worldwide, Deadpool is sitting pretty with $491.8 million thus far. X-Men: The Last Stand only managed to do $459.3 million globally. But when it comes to worldwide receipts, X-Men: Days of Future Past is still king with $747 million. Domestically, it is the third highest grossing X-Men movie of all-time with $233.9 million.
Deadpool dominated it’s second weekend at the box office with a total of $55 million. While the opening weekend numbers are obviously of critical importance to any movie’s success, the second weekend often indicates how much longevity a film may have in theaters. Deadpool is still riding high on plenty of critical buzz (84% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and positive word-of-mouth.
It is being reported that 20th Century Fox is planning to release Wolverine 3 with an R Rating in the US (likely MA15+ in Australia like Deadpool). Obviously, they are hoping this will give Hugh Jackman’s final X-Men sequel a boost at the box office.
X-Men: Apocalypse is the next official chapter in the X-Men cinematic universe. It arrives this summer with a PG-13 rating. Will it be able to beat Deadpool at the box office? Or will Xavier’s new team of super powered mutants fall to the back seat in the wake of Wade Wilson’s blockbuster success?
Of course all this begs the question: Should studios be considering R rated films just because Deadpool has managed to become successful. Or is it that Deadpool’s relatively small budget ($58 million) made it’s producer’s market the film to the people they knew would watch it?