“Deadpool’s” genre-bending brand of humor crossed cultural barriers this weekend, as the comic book movie racked up a massive $125 million overseas.
Combined with its record-shattering domestic launch, that pushes the superhero film’s worldwide haul to $260 million. “Deadpool” roared to first place in 60 foreign markets giving Fox, the studio behind the $58 million production, plenty to celebrate. Among the milestones, the film was the studio’s biggest opening in roughly a dozen markets, including Australia where it made $10 million, Taiwan with $8.2 million, Brazil with $5.9 million, and Hong Kong with a $3.8 million debut.
Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool” as a mercenary with an accelerated ability to heal and a few screws loose. Newcomer Tim Miller directs the adaptation of the Marvel Comics character.
The film unspooled in roughly 80% of the international marketplace. It opens in Italy, Spain, South Korea and the Middle East next weekend and will debut in Japan in June. The film’s spicy sensibility and hard R-rating did limits its rollout. Its violence got it banned in China, the world’s second largest film market.
Three Chinese releases did banner business this weekend. Science-fiction fantasy “The Mermaid” racked up $109 million. It has made $260 million since opening two weeks ago. And a pair of sequels, “The Monkey King 2” and “From Vegas to Macau III,” earned $38 million and $36 million, respectively, for a third and fourth place finish.
The international top five was rounded out by “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” which made $15.3 million across 52 markets. The family film has earned $192.2 million globally.
“Zoolander 2” and “How to Be Single,” two new releases that were overshadowed by “Deadpool’s” outsized success, earned $8.5 million and $8.1 million, respectively. The male model satire has generated $24.1 million globally, while the romantic comedy has earned $26.8 million.