'Deadpool': Highest-grossing R-rated movie ever
It has been weeks since Deadpool first hit theaters, and the Merc with a Mouth is still breaking box office records.
Deadpool has officially raked in more than $745 million worldwide, passing The Matrix Reloaded ($742.1 million) to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie in box office history.
In North America, Deadpool has a total of $349.4 million, and it should soon surpass American Sniper ($350.1 million) to take second place on the domestic list of highest-grossing R-rated movies. The Passion of the Christ still stands as No. 1 with $370.8 million from domestic ticket sales.
Back in February, Deadpool shattered expectations, opening to $132.4 million over three days and $152.2 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend. Not only did that earn Tim Milller’s superhero epic the biggest R-rated opening of all time, becoming the first R movie to pass $100 million in its opening weekend, but Deadpool had the biggest February opening in box office history.
Deadpool’s runaway success comes after years of false starts and first attempts. Star Ryan Reynolds advocated for the film for years, pushing for the R rating, but Fox didn’t say yes until after Deadpool test footage leaked in 2014 to massive fan response. (Deadpool went on to earn Fox’s biggest box office opening ever.) Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick told EW in February that they’re in the early stages of working on a sequel.