By Nicole Caico
This weekend Marvel‘s R-rated and much anticipated film “Deadpool” opened to a whopping $135 million in the box office. Deadpool” has replaced “The Matrix Reloaded” as the largest grossing R-rated movie opening–$135 million to $91.7 million. The film is also the biggest February opening ever beating out “Fifty Shades of Grey,“ which rang in $85.1 million last February. In addition to “Deadpool” being owned by Fox, this makes this Fox’s largest opening for one of its Marvel properties.
After his lack luster performance in the 2011 “Green Lantern,“ Ryan Reynolds has now re-claimed the attention of Marvel fans with this performance. “Reynolds and the fans lobbied hard to make this movie, then he and Fox’s marketing team waged a glorious assault of clever, raunchy, and viral promos over a six-month period that spawned mass conversation on a level only topped by “Star Wars.“ Shawn Robbins, senior analyst at Boxoffice.com said in an interview with CNN in regards to this that” That’s how you sell a movie like this to today’s moviegoers, and the results validate all of it“. Months of promotions and marketing have paid off. On Fandango.com fans are giving the film five stars and rave reviews.
Borys Kit of the Hollywood Reporter says that “Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote “Deadpool,” are writing the script for a follow-up, which has already been greenlighted.” A sequel for the film is already in the works, but for now you can catch “Deadpool” in a theater near you.