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Big 'Deadpool' Debut - Annihilates 'Fifty Shades' Record

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, 'Deadpool'.

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The R-rated Deadpool, has taken the box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days in U.S., theaters, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed superhero, easily trounced last year's record-setting $85.2 million February debut of the erotic drama, Fifty Shades of Grey. It also became the biggest R-rated opening ever, surpassing, The Matrix Reloaded, which opened to $91.8 million in May of 2003.

Analysts are predicting that the Tim Miller-directed film, which cost a mere $58 million to produce, could go on to make $150 million by the end of the holiday weekend. As recently as Thursday, Deadpool, was expected to pull in only $80 million across the three days, but the Marvel comic, often a best-seller, proved its popular appeal and then some and it didn't have to compromise with a PG-13 rating either.

"This movie is the very definition of an expectation-buster. Nobody saw this coming," said Paul Dergarabedian, comScore's senior media analyst. "It doesn't feel like a cookie-cutter superhero movie. It feels like something unique. You've got to sometimes take risks and go against conventional wisdom to come out a winner."

IMAX screens accounted for an estimated $16.8 million of Deadpool's total. The film, notably, was not released in 3D.

Deadpool, also had a massive showing internationally, bringing in an estimated $125 million from 62 territories for a $260 million global total.

Coming in a distant second was last weekend's No. 1 film, Kung Fu Panda 3, with $19.7 million, which fell only 7 percent. The DreamWorks Animation film has earned $93.9 million in just three weeks in theaters.

In third place, the R-rated Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson rom-com, How to Be Single, didn't make any big waves with its $18.8 million out of the gates.

The dismally reviewed Ben Stiller comedy, Zoolander 2, meanwhile, debuted in fourth place to only $15.7 million.

"These are summer numbers," Dergarabedian said. "It's summer in February."

Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S., and Canadian theaters, according to comScore:

1.Deadpool, $135 million ($125 million international).

2.Kung Fu Panda 3, $19.7 million ($14.6 million international).

3.How to Be Single, $18.8 million ($8.1 million international).

4.Zoolander 2, $15.7 million ($8.5 million international).

5.The Revenant, $6.9 million ($14 million international).

6.Hail, Caesar!, $6.6 million.

7.Star Wars: The Force Awakens, $6.2 million ($4.3 million international).

8.The Choice, $5.3 million ($600,000 international).

9.Ride Along 2, $4.1 million ($1.5 million international).

10.The Boy, $2.9 million ($1.3 million international).