Deadpool Breaks Record For Biggest Opening Night of an R-Rated Movie

Saturday, 13 February 2016 - 2:36PM
Marvel
Deadpool
Saturday, 13 February 2016 - 2:36PM
Deadpool Breaks Record For Biggest Opening Night of an R-Rated Movie
Deadpool was pretty much everything fans were hoping for, delivering crude comedy and over the top, graphic action sequences. Of course fans weren't the only ones who got a kick out of it, though, as its definitely scored points with many critics, too. Deadpool currently has an 84% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, and there are also other sites, such as IGN, which are giving it generally favorable reviews as well.

Deadpool hasn't just become a hit with viewers, though. It's also measured up quite well at the box office. In fact, recent reports have shown that Deadpool actually broke the record for the biggest opening night of an R-rated movie. Raking in $12.7 million for Thursday night showings alone, it beat out The Hangover Part II's $10.4 million opening night from back in 2011.

If the film keeps up the pace, industry professionals are estimating a $70 million dollar total for the President's Day Weekend. That's a pretty good haul for a film like Deadpool. However, there's also a large chance that the film could break $100 million, which would be an even greater achievement for everyone's favorite fourth wall breaking antihero.    

Of course, it's been widely reported that Fox has already greenlit a sequel for the film, and its unconventional take on the booming superhero genre has been a welcome change of pace. There are still some critics who haven't fallen in love with the film, however, claiming that the tragic nature of Deadpool's past wasn't well represented on screen and that though it may be a fun popcorn flick, the movie lacked any real substance. There's definitely some truth to those claims, but overall, Deadpool was a lot of fun and it seems that the majority has been won over by its charm.  

This news also has comes with some pretty big implications about geek culture in general. If a movie featuring a character like Deadpool (who has never really been on film before or received all that much attention outside of the comics medium) can break opening night records, it only goes to show that geek culture is booming like never before. And in a world where there will likely be six or more superhero/comic flicks each year for probably the next decade or more, that's a really good thing for the industry.
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