Deadpool 2 not only had a massive opening weekend, but the film also had a huge economic impact on the provincial economy.
Starring local boy Ryan Reynolds and featuring a smorgasbord of Vancouver shooting locations, the film has helped to put the city in the limelight.
According to a release from Twentieth Century Fox, the 80 days of filming Deadpool 2 brought huge economic gains for BC including the following spending costs:
- Over $2 million on construction supplies
- Over $2 million on transportation and car rentals
- Over $1.4 million on catering and craft services
- Over $1.4 million on hotels
- Almost $900,000 on local wardrobe and dry cleaning
- Over $500,000 on gasoline
The anti-hero flick also hired over 3,700 local cast, crew, and extras.
“Twentieth Century Fox Deadpool franchise is an economic hit for British Columbia,” said Wendy Noss, president for the Motion Picture Associate Canada, in a release.
“The production of Deadpool 2 spend much more than its predecessor in the province, benefitting local vendors and communities, and creating thousands of jobs.”
The economic impact of @deadpoolmovie 2 on the province of British Columbia is even bigger than the last. We welcome Deadpool to Vancouver!
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— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) May 22, 2018
The first Deadpool film boosted BC’s economy by an estimated $40 million and employed 2,000 local cast, crew, and extras who earned $19 million.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson also spoke out in support of the production’s positive impact on the local economy.
“The Deadpool movies helped put Vancouver on the map as a premier destination for film production,” said Robertson. “Vancouver has the strongest economy of any Canadian city and our high-growth creative industries are providing a major boost to other local businesses and our world-class talent.”
The sequel to Deadpool raked in US$125 million in North American box offices over the opening weekend, making the action-comedy flick the second-best opening for an R-rated film ever.
With files from Kenneth Chan.