Deadpool is not only killing bad guys. He's killing it at the box office.
20th Century Fox's new R-rated Marvel film sliced through the opening night record for any R-rated movie with a hefty haul of $12.7 million. The record previously belonged to The Hangover Part II, which raked in $10.4 million, which is followed by last years' Fifty Shades of Grey with $8.6 million. Both of those films had lackluster reviews and resulted in $85 million weekends.
Deadpool, on the other hand, has gotten stellar reviews and word of mouth from fans. Analysts are predicting a box office weekend in the range of $65 million and slightly above, but this particular writer is estimating about $92 million for the well-reviewed R-rated super hero film which will see repeat viewings, Valentine's Day weekend outings, and little to no competition from fellow newcomers Zoolander 2 or How To Be Single.
The film, which is a passion project for its star and producer Ryan Reynolds, was sidelined for the longest time by the studio. However, that all changed when some test footage leaked online last year and the Internet's positive response overwhelmed the studio and, within hours, production was given the go-ahead.
Deadpool is now playing in theaters.