While Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele owned last Valentine's Day weekend, it's a completely different kind of lover that's taking the top spot at the box office this four-day Presidents' Day weekend. After setting both the R Rated Thursday night preview record and the February Thursday night preview record, Deadpool now holds the record for biggest opening day in February. The Merc with a Mouth pulled in an estimated $47.5 million from 3,558 theaters on Friday. This includes the $12.7 million in took it during those Thursday night previews.
Deadpool obliterated the previous February Friday opening record holder. Last year, Fifty Shades of Grey made headlines when it took in $30.2 million during the same time frame. Deadpool is now poised to earn at least $110 million dollars over the course of this four-day weekend. But some are speculating that it will pull in as much as $130 million. This is incredible for an R rated superhero movie, and proves that audiences just can't be undrestimated. As it stands, Fifty Shades of Grey currently holds the four-day Valentine's Day/Presidents' Day weekend record with $93 million.
Deadpool is on track to have the biggest opening for any R rated movie in history. And it will likely become the biggest February opener in history. 20th Century Fox, the studio behind this unique Marvel comic book adaption, projected that the movie, budgeted at $58 million, would make $65 million over the course of this extended weekend. But it looks like they underestimated Wade Wilson's ability to pull in an audience.
Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
It is expected that Deadpool will definitely recoup its production costs before the end of the weekend. And it will have made more over the course of its four-day holiday weekend than the entire theatrical run of last summer's Fantastic Four reboot, which only managed to pull in a domestic total of $56.1 million. If the movie continues on as projected, and earns above $110 million, it will be the biggest opening for any of the previous X-Men movies, including 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand which currently has the biggest opening weekend of the 8 movies released with $102.7 million. However you want to put it, Deadpool is exceeding all expectations and is a true box office phenomenon. Deadpool 2 has already been green lit, and will bring in new Mutant Cable.