Deadpool’s success hints that Marvel is going to have a smooth ride, especially with respect to box office records. The franchise’s first movie was declared the highest grossing opening for an R-rated film, not just of the season, but of all time.
As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, “Deadpool” earned a record-breaking $132 million in its first three days of release in theaters. The movie not only put out the fire of other movies showing on the same week such as “How to be Single” and “Zoolander 2,” but also kicked “The Matrix Reloaded” off its long-held record of being the movie with the biggest opening for an R-rated film.
Part of the movie’s success is said to be due to Fox’s CEO, Jim Gianopulos, according to a statement released by Fox’s domestic distribution chief, Chris Aronson. He said, “Deadpool is widely creative and new, and that’s what audiences want. I think a lot of credit goes to Jim Gianopulos for having the courage to make this movie.”
In fact, before Ryan Reynolds was to perform as Deadpool, he fervently convinced Fox to let him play the part his way. Although it was a tough fight for the actor, Fox did give the go signal, but limited the budget to only $58 million. Alas, the profanely blunt movie came to be – a movie that relied on tons of foul language, sex, graphic violence, and nudity.
Despite the movie’s R-rated nature, it was able to earn around $150 million for its first four days in theaters. Furthermore, a survey revealed that 92% of the audience claimed they would definitely recommend the movie to others, while 76% of them regarded the movie as excellent. Most of them were male and under the age of 25.
In other news, Slash Film reports that “Deadpool” will not have a Director’s Cut. The film’s director, Tim Miller, revealed, “I don’t want to be all Joss Whedon on you, but no there’s not [a director’s cut]. There are some deleted scenes that have some extra stuff, but I’m pretty happy with this cut. I like it.” With the record-breaking gross the film earned for just over four days, who wouldn’t?
“Deadpool” is still showing in theaters and Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller, and the rest of the production team’s cast and crew are currently making the sequel as we speak. Ready for “Deadpool 2,” guys?