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Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, Deadpool burst out of the gate with a massive 132.4 million opening bow, breaking several records in the process such as the biggest debut for an R rated movie, biggest opening for an X-Men movie, and the highest debut for both February and the Winter period in general. In its second weekend, the Ryan Reynolds vehicle continued breaking records on the track to a new 235.4 million domestic total, and 491.9 million worldwide cume.
The most noteworthy record that’s fallen is the X-Men franchise domestic gross. The record, which was held by X-Men: The Last Stand since its release in 2006, previously stood at 234.3 million. However, Deadpool raced past that record after its second week of release for a new franchise high of 235.4 million. As Deadpool still has plenty left in the tank, the new record will probably stand above 300 million domestically, and really put pressure on X-Men: Apocalypse to outperform Bryan Singer‘s other entries in the franchise once it opens on May 27th.
While Deadpool has soared past previous X-Men releases domestically, it is still lagging behind X-Men: Days of Future Past worldwide. The 2014 film currently holds the franchise record at 747.9 million, though with some luck in coming weeks, Deadpool could soar past it to become the indisputable champion of the X-Men franchise.
Beyond claiming the domestic franchise record, Deadpool also beat out Zack Snyder‘s 300 (210.6 million) to become the highest earning R rated comic book film of all time, both domestically and internationally. It currently stands as the 6th highest grossing R rated film of all time, behind The Hangover Part 2 (254.4 million), The Hangover (277.3 million), The Matrix Reloaded (281.5 million), American Sniper (350.1 million), and The Passion of the Christ (370.8 million). It is all but guaranteed Deadpool will cross 300 million domestically, however it might have to settle for third place as it is unlikely to surpass American Sniper and The Passion of the Christ‘s domestic tallies.