Perhaps this doesn't sound right. But it's true. Deadpool has officially earned more at the domestic box office than any previous X-Men movie or spinoff. And it's only in its second weekend of release. In the states, the film has pulled in $235 million, topping 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, which had a total domestic gross of $234.3 million. Worldwide, Deadpool is sitting pretty with $491.8 million thus far. X-Men: The Last Stand only managed to do $459.3 million globally. But when it comes to worldwide receipts, X-Men: Days of Future Past is still king with $747 million. Domestically, it is the third highest grossing X-Men movie of all-time with $233.9 million.

Deadpool dominated it's second weekend at the box office with a total of $55 million. While the opening weekend numbers are obviously of critical importance to any movie's success, the second weekend often indicates how much longevity a film may have in theaters. Deadpool is still riding high on plenty of critical buzz (84% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and positive word-of-mouth. The movie dropped 58.5% in its second weekend, despite being shown in 164 more theaters for a theater count of 3,722. A second-weekend drop between 50% and 60% is becoming par for the course for blockbusters like Deadpool, but it's still a tad on the high side.

Deadpool shattered the record for highest grossing R-rated opening weekend of $91.7 million, held for 13 years by The Matrix Reloaded. It also broke Fifty Shades of Grey's February record of $85.1 million, along with its four-day President's Day weekend record ($93 million), the record for highest-grossing R-rated comic book adaptation (300, $70.8 million), largest winter opening weekend (American Sniper, $89.2 million) and it became the biggest opening ever for 20th Century Fox, surpassing 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith record of $108.4 million.

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Deadpool's domestic tally is now $235.3 million, with an additional $256.5 million internationally for a worldwide total of $491.8 million. The movie was produced on just a $58 million budget, which is quite low for your average superhero movie. It's also worth noting that, last month, early projections predicted the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will earn $154 million on its opening weekend, and that's with a PG-13 rating and two of the most beloved heroes on the planet featured in the same movie. Obviously, those numbers could, and most likely will, change, especially since Deadpool's early projections put it between $55 million and $60 million. Still, for Deadpool to earn so much with the restrictive R rating, opening higher than all of the other X-Men movies, it could provide a wake-up call to studios that may lead to more R-rated fare.

The Wolverine is the lowest grossing X-Men movie of all time. The Logan spinoff only managed to pull in $132 million at the domestic box office, with a worldwide tally of $414.8 million. It is being reported that 20th Century Fox is planning to release Wolverine 3 with an R Rating. Obviously, they are hoping this will give Hugh Jackman's final X-Men sequel a boost at the box office. X-Men: Apocalypse is the next official chapter in the X-Men cinematic universe. It arrives this summer with a PG-13 rating. Will it be able to beat Deadpool at the box office? Or will Xavier's new team of super powered mutants fall to the back seat in the wake of Wade Wilson's blockbuster success?

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