Deadpool, the Vancouver-shot big screen adaptation of Marvel’s “Merc with the mouth” finally hit theatres this weekend, taking a record-breaking $260 million at the global box office.
The much-anticipated movie, which stars Vancouver’s own Ryan Reynolds, took $150 million at the U.S. box office eclipsing the previous record for a February weekend opening that was set by Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.2 million) in 2015. The film, which is R rated in the U.S., also became the biggest R rated opening surpassing The Matrix Reloaded, which scooped $91.8 million back in 2003.
Crammed full of foul language, nudity and fourth-wall breaking fun, Deadpool is something of a departure from the spandex-clad superhero fare that we’ve come to expect on the big screen over recent years. And the film’s success will be music to the ears of Ryan Reynolds who has spent the past decade trying to convince the studio to produce an adult-orientated take on the character after his disastrous appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The box office haul is also good news for B.C.’s burgeoning film industry which made more than $40 million out of the production.