'Deadpool' Destroys Weekend Estimates With $47.5 Million Friday
By Matt O'Bryant
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Miller's Deadpool starrring Ryan Reynolds opened to an astonishing 47.5 Million at the North American box office on Friday. That number destroys earlier estimates that had the film earning around $60 to $70 million over the entire Valentine's Day weekend. The film is now tracking to have around $115 to $125 million for the three day weekend and as much as $130 to $145 for the four day weekend.
The R-rated superhero movie now looks to be one of the biggest box office successes of all time, considering the film was made on a modest budget of just $58 million. Super cheap when it comes to other big superhero blockbuster affairs.
The film, which was a passion project for Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool took over a decade to bring to the big-screen. And with this kind of success for an R-rated superhero film, expect the big studios to start rethinking only having PG-13 superhero blockbusters. This film shows that audiences, are indeed ready for more "grown-up" superhero fare.
Here's the official synopsis:
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Deadpool is playing in theaters everywhere! Go enjoy yourself!
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER