This post has been updated throughout with four-day figures through Monday.
The foul-mouthed, extremely R-rated Wade Wilson is our newest record-breaking box office hero.
Deadpool bowed to an estimated $132.8 million this weekend, becoming the first R-rated movie ever to break $100 million in its opening weekend. Already making back its $58 million production budget, the Ryan Reynolds-starring superhero flick sped past all expectations and earned $150 million over the four-day holiday weekend. That’s more than double initial predictions of about $65 million.
Deadpool also earned the biggest February opening weekend ever and demolished the President’s Day record set by Fifty Shades of Grey, which debuted last year to $85.2 million over three days and $93 million over four.
Reynolds spent years trying to convince studios that an R-rated superhero movie would work, and if Deadpool’s success is any indication, we should be seeing more of them soon. With an A CinemaScore, Deadpool is now 20th Century Fox’s biggest opening ever, and it surpassed the openings of PG-13-rated superhero movies like Man of Steel ($116.6 millon), Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million), and Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3 million). A Deadpool sequel hasn’t officially been announced, but Fox and the screenwriters have all but confirmed that it’s going to happen.
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This weekend’s two other new releases, however, didn’t fare as well as the Merc with a Mouth. How To Be Single and Zoolander 2 couldn’t even score second place, with Kung Fu Panda 3 taking the second spot in its third weekend, earning $19.8 million over three days and an estimated $26 million over four. The animated adventure, which stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Bryan Cranston, has made $100.3 million domestically through Monday.
The R-rated comedy How To Be Single, starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson, took third over Valentine’s Day weekend, earning $17.9 million over three days and an estimated $20.6 million over four. It earned a B CinemaScore.
The long-awaited return of Ben Stiller’s Derek and Owen Wilson’s Hansel placed fourth, with Zoolander 2 earning $14 million over three days and an expected $16 million over four. That’s actually almost identical to what the original Zoolander did 15 years ago, when it opened to $15.5 million in September 2001, unadjusted for inflation. Reviews for the sequel haven’t been great, and Zoolander 2 earned a C+ CinemaScore.
The Revenant rounded out the top five in its eighth weekend, earning $6.6 million over three days and an expected $7.8 million. Through Monday, its domestic total is now at $160.1 million.
See this weekend’s top five below.
1. Deadpool — $132.8 milion over 3 days, $150 million over 4
2. Kung Fu Panda 3 — $19.8 million over 3 days, $26 million over 4
3. How To Be Single — $17.9 million over 3 days, $20.6 million over 4
4. Zoolander 2 — $14 million over 3 days, $16 million over 4
5. The Revenant — $6.6 million over 3 days, $7.8 million over 4