Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Racks Up Massive $260 Million Globally

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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.

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  1. Jim says:

    All the credit for the huge opening weekend goes to Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool is not a mainstream character and was not really known outside of comic book fans. Reynolds promoted the heck out of this film though and led a substantial social media and viral video campaign. It’s pretty rare to see actors do much these days to promote their films outside of the obligatory talk shows and press circuits. Reynolds went above and beyond to get even people outside of comic book circles excited for this film. Plus, he really sold to fans of the character that this would be a faithful version. Must be some very sweet redemption he’s feeling after Green Lantern bombed and that awful previous take Fox did on Deadpool in Wolverine:Origins. He also spent a long time pressing the studio to get this movie made. Congrats to him.

    • jedi77 says:

      I wholeheartedly agree.
      This is all Reynolds. He campaigned for the film, he busted his hump getting it out there, and he took a big risk. Had this failed, he could easily have been finished.

      Fox’s biggest opening ever. Bigger than the X-Men movies.
      Man, that must feel good.

      And a big “Thank You” to all who went to see it this weekend. If we want solid R-rated superhero films, we have to show up and support them. So, thank you.

    • Kt. says:

      How faithful is it to Deadpool’s pansexuality?

      • therealeverton says:

        Who promised you full frontal nudity?

        He definitely flirts with men (Francis especially) but the main plot point is he has a fiancée he is trying to protect,, so other “relationships” wouldn’t fit that tale. If / When she turns into the comic book version, the Copycat, maybe then is time to look for more. But ut was there, but the full frontal…I have no idea where that comes from.

      • WiscoJoe says:

        It’s not. I have a lot of gay friends that went to see this movie because they were promised a pansexual superhero and full frontal male nudity. They got neither. Fox got their money anyway.

      • therealeverton says:

        Well Lady Death wasn’t in it so…

  2. therealeverton says:

    $260m – WOW.

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