While this weekend belonged to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, another superhero was still making enough noise to upset the history of the box office. Deadpool has finally reached a big milestone. It is now officially the highest grossing R-Rated movie of all time. This comes after the Marvel and 20th Century Fox adventure has been in theaters for 7 weeks.
Released in 2003, The Matrix Reloaded held onto the highest grossing R-rated record for a surprising 13 years. It stood firm with its worldwide take of $742 million. But Deadpool just stuck another impressive weekend run under its belt, taking in an additional $5 million at the domestic box office. This pushes its global tally to $745 million.
In the states, while Deadpool knocked The Matrix Reloaded out of the way, it is only the third highest grossing R-rated movie at the domestic box office. It is stuck behind American Sniper, in second place with $350.1 million, and The Passion of the Christ in first place with $370.7 million. Deadpool currently has stateside earnings of $349.4 million. It's not yet clear if it will have enough staying power to knock down Mel Gibson's biblical epic. But if it does, expect to see a lot of 'Deadpool is more popular than Jesus' headlines.
Deadpool is only less than a million dollars from taking down director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper in the states, so expect to see that happen at least by next weekend. It still has more than $20 million to go before beating The Passion of the Christ. With the home video release of Deadpool just around the corner this spring, most box office analysts don't believe the /deadpool-movie-trailer-monthiversary/Merc with a Mouth has any chance of dethroning the son of god. But stranger things have happened.
The success of Deadpool was certainly surprising to most, even the studio behind it. It has since spurned on talks of other R-rated superhero movies. While Marvel Studios and Disney have confirmed that there will not be an R-rated MCU movie in the near future, Fox is already contemplating an R rating for Wolverine 3 and X-Force. And Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives on the home market with an R rating this July. What do you think? Can any upcoming R-rated superhero movie find the same success as Deadpool? Or was this just a happy fluke?