Deadpool Smashes Records with $260 million Debut
Deadpool destroyed the competition, as well as a hell of a lot of bad guys, as it debuted to an estimated $135.1 million three day domestic weekend and around $150 to $156 million four day weekend. The film is now the most an R-rated film has debuted as well as a February film. This is also the highest opening for a 20th Century Fox film, the previous being Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The film has the record of largest single day in February, in fact all of its days beat the previous record.
The film also earned $125 million in international markets. The film scored the largest industry opening in Russia with $12.4 million as well as the largest Fox opening in 13 other markets including Australia ($10 million); Taiwan ($8.25 million); Brazil ($5.9 million); Hong Kong ($3.8 million); and Malaysia ($2.9 million).
The international amount and domestic puts the film at about $260 million for its first weekend, pretty impressive with a budget of about $58 million. We’ll see what lessons Hollywood learns from this. Maybe we’ll see more R-rated superhero films, but most likely the wrong lessons will be taken away.
In other debuts, How to Be Single came in third with $18.75 million; Zoolander 2 earned $15.65 million for fourth; Where to Invade Next was 18th with $1.03 million; and a few others were in the tens of thousands.
In other movie news Kung Fu Panda 3 dropped to second and earned $19.65 million to bring its domestic total to $93.9 million. The Revenant came in fifth and earned $6.9 million to have a domestic total of $159.2 million. Hail, Caeser! was in sixth and added $6.59 million to its total. Finally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped out of the top five to come in seventh after nine weeks. The film earned $6.19 million to bring its domestic total to $914.8 million and worldwide gross to $2.03 billion. It sits in third for worldwide frosses of all time.