‘Deadpool’ Becomes Just the Third R-Rated Movie to Cross $300 Million Domestically

     March 7, 2016

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Let’s keep Deadpool in the conversation, shall we? It’s still worth talking about if only because the film’s box office performance continues to surprise. Just this past weekend, Deadpool became only the third R-rated film to cross the $300 million mark in domestic tallies. (The Passion of the Christ and American Sniper still hold onto #1 and #2 respectively.) It’s also making moves on the list of superhero origin films, having surpassed Man of Steel during the week and closing in on Iron Man’s $318.4 million total for the coveted number-three spot.

Deadpool’s $311.2 million also makes it the number one film in the X-Men franchise for the domestic box office, and is just shy of surpassing X-Men: The Last Stand’s domestic take when adjusted for inflation. It’s a bit further out, to the tune of about $75 million, from overtaking X-Men: Days of Future Past on the unadjusted worldwide box office chart. Deadpool’s total take is $673.7 million, while the latest effort from Bryan Singer’s Marvel mutant universe still stands at $747.9 million. Perhaps both of those films will be dwarfed by X-Men: Apocalypse when it opens May 27th.


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Image via 20th Century Fox

The difference, as has often been reported, is that Deadpool was not released in 3D and therefore did not enjoy the pumped-up dollar amounts thanks to that format’s inflated price tag. It also never made its way into China’s theaters, missing out on a hugely significant portion of the global moviegoing market. (I’m predicting that Deadpool will become perhaps China’s most illegally downloaded film of 2016, if it isn’t already.) Oh, and as you might have heard, Deadpool was rated R, which is often touted as box office poison.

If you wanted some more evidence that R-rated superhero films can be done right, Deadpool is now the 12th best comic book adaptation/superhero movie in terms of domestic box office take; it’s also Fox’s only property in the top 17 films in this category. As for Marvel, it’s the comic company’s 10th best performance at only $1 million behind Iron Man 2.

For more on Deadpool, take a look at some of our recent coverage below:


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