The R-rated superhero film Deadpool debuted on Valentine’s Day weekend and instantly blew away all expectations. At last count, the movie brought in over $150 million at the weekend domestic box office, breaking several records, including largest President’s Day weekend take, as well as biggest opening for an R-rated movie in history, and the second-largest opening for the first installment of a superhero franchise, behind The Avengers. The movie also added over $125 million overseas, has received an average of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and an ‘A’ on CinemaScore, and with the budget for the film only $50 million, is clearly a runaway winner for 20th Century Fox.
As a result, rumors are already swirling that Fox may have greenlit a movie based on X Force, a splinter team of the X-Men led by Deadpool in the comics, with the expectation that it (and the already-announced Deadpool sequel) would also aim for a hard R rating. Could Deadpool lead to a rise in more adult-rated superhero films? We’ll have to wait and see how other studios react to its truly staggering box office numbers.