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.

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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?

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