The R-rated Deadpool has taken the international box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days in American theatres, and a further $125 million from 62 other territories, according to comScore estimates Sunday.
The Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed superhero, easily trounced last year’s record-setting $85.2 million February debut of the erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey. It also became the biggest R-rated opening ever, surpassing The Matrix Reloaded, which opened to $91.8 million in May of 2003.
Analysts are predicting that the Tim Miller-directed film, which cost a mere $58 million to produce, could go on to make $150 million by the end of the holiday weekend. As recently as Thursday, Deadpool was expected to pull in only $80 million across the three days, but the Marvel comic, often a best-seller, proved its popular appeal and then some - and it didn’t have to compromise with a PG-13 rating either.
“This movie is the very definition of an expectation-buster. Nobody saw this coming,” said Paul Dergarabedian, comScore’s senior media analyst. “It doesn’t feel like a cookie-cutter superhero movie. It feels like something unique. You’ve got to sometimes take risks and go against conventional wisdom to come out a winner.”
Deadpool also had a massive showing internationally, bringing in an estimated $125 million from 62 territories for a $260 million global total.
In India, the film beat out expected front runner Fitoor, starring Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Deadpool made Rs 14.25 crore on its opening weekend while Fitoor came in third with Rs 14.11 crore. The romantic film Saman Re starring Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam stole the weekend with collections of Rs 17.05 crore.
#Deadpool has a STRONG weekend. Fri 4.10 cr, Sat 4.90 cr, Sun 5.25 cr. Total: ₹ 14.25 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 15, 2016
#Fitoor Fri 3.61 cr, Sat 4.54 cr, Sun 5.96 cr. Total: ₹ 14.11 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 15, 2016
The debut is also a bit of a superhero redemption story for Reynolds whose costly Green Lantern adaptation disappointed audiences and at the box office in 2011.
“These are summer numbers,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s summer in February.”
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
Here are the top ten highest earning Hollywood films in India
1. Furious 7 - $26 million (172 crore)
2. Avatar - $24 million (145 crore)
3. Jurassic World - $23 million (152 crore)
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $16.8 million (111 crore)
5. Spider-Man 3 – $16.4 million (108 crore)
6. 2012 - $15.6 million (102 crore)
7. The Amazing Spider-Man - $14.5 million (96 crore)
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $13.6 million (90 crore)
9. Life of Pi - $13.3 million (88 crore)
10. Titanic - $12.7 million (84 crore)
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