Deadpool Banks Enormous $260 Million Global Opening Weekend

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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.

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