Deadpool Banks Enormous $260 Million Global Opening Weekend

by Russ Burlingame

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Deadpool has debuted to a global total of around $260 million, with the international box office numbers now in at $125 million and a $135 million domestic bow.

That makes it one of the most successful openings for a comic book movie ever, and the second highest-grossing R-rated comic book movie of all time already, behind only 300 with its $210 million box office haul. Expect Deadpool to pass that by this time next week, unless it has a monumental drop in its second weekend.

Exhibitor Relations shared a breakdown of the film's biggest foreign markets:

Deadpool also has the benefit of being made relatively inexpensively. Batman V Superman is expected to take in about $150 million domestically in its opening weekend (albeit by the same experts who projected $75 for Deadpool, so take that for what it's worth), but that movie cost about four times what it took to make Deadpool. Ditto Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opened to a massive $190 million but cost $250 million to produce. Batman V Superman cost "just" $200 million according to the numbers currently available -- but Deadpool managed this massive opening on a $58 million budget and the seemingly boundless creativity of its marketing team.

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.