Deadpool Hits $47.5 Million Opening Day Box Office, Projected For $130 Million Plus Holiday Weekend

by Russ Burlingame

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Deadpool is exceeding even the most optimistic early projections for the film. Made on only a $58 million budget, the film has a good chance of doubling that amount in its first weekend at the U.S. box office alone.

Deadpool brought in a $12.7 million during a Thursday night preview showing, setting a new record for both a R-Rated film and a February release. On Friday, Deadpool added to those numbers, bringing its opening day box office to a staggering $47.5 million.

Friday's haul set a new opening day box office record for an R-rated film and for February, and the odds are good that it will break the same records for opening weekend. To do that, it beat the $30 million Fridays for both Fifty Shades of Grey and American Sniper, obviously by a substantial margin.

With the better than predicted opening day, opening weekend projections for Deadpool are being revised way up. Early industry projections had Deadpool pegged at a $65 million to $70 million opening weekend. The idea of a R-Rated film breaking $100 million on opening weekend was inconceivable to many box office analysts.

Now, projections have Deadpool possibly exceeding $115 million during the 3-day weekend and hitting around $130 million over the 4-day holiday weekend.

If Deadpool hits those projections, the film will break the opening weekend record for a R-Rated film, which is currently held by The Matrix Reloaded at $91.77 million. Deadpool is also on pace to break the February opening weekend, which is currently held by Fifty Shades of Grey at $85.17 million.

Deadpool has been receiving a very strong positive reaction from both critics and fans. The film is stacked with action, has several laugh-out-loud moments, and moves at a brisk pace. All things that are helping to bring viewers back to the theater for the multiple viewings of the film.

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.

By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.