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CBMB: Deadpool Gives a Middle Finger to the Box Office

By Muuka Muyumba

Vulgar, violent, and romantic, Fox’s Deadpool boat-raced the competition at the box office, and established new records for a debut in February, as well as setting the record for Fox’s all-time domestic opening. The film is shock for several reasons like a little-known comic book character, an R-rating, as well as a minuscule budget compared to other superhero titles.

Deadpool is based on a comic book creation of artist Rob Liefeld during his ’90s heyday. Deadpool was a bastardization of Deathstroke and Spider-Man who was insane, funny, and a scientifically-modified mutant.  The record-breaking film is not the first appearance for the character on the big screen. Ryan Reynolds played a version of the anti-hero in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where he eventually was given a studio-generated makeover. That makeover was of much derision since Reynolds was never seen in his classic Deadpool suit, and at the end of the film, was seen shirtless, with his mouth sewn shut, and  swords that came out of his arms.

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Now, Deadpool is his absolutely wacky self in the new film which is full of irreverence and raunchiness. Reynolds vowed that he would get the character right if given the chance and he has done so in an amazing fashion. Deadpool has outpaced 2002’s Matrix Reloaded‘s $91.8M opening record to become the highest R-rated debut of all-time, not to mention it beat outth (FSS $108.4M). Deadpool now sits behind only Marvel’s Avengers for the biggest opening weekend for a first installment. Deadpool also almost matched is domestic take overseas with another $125 million to take its worldwide total to an estimated $260 million.

We already know that a sequel is in the works, but speculation will abound just where Fox takes this new cash-cow going forward. Do they dare to spend more than the $65 million of the first film? Will we see an X-Force film with an R-rating? Will Deadpool remain a classic antihero or will he join another famous X-Men in the fight?

What did you think of Deadpool?