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Deadpool kills at the weekend box office with record-breaking $150M debut

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Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Deadpool, the new film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, blew away expectations and records with a staggering opening over the weekend.

The movie opened Friday, Feb. 12, and its total for the four-day Presidents Day weekend is estimated at $150 million. That easily surpasses the previous Presidents Day record-holder, 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey, which opened with $93.01 million over four days.

Box office estimates peg Deadpool's Friday-Sunday haul at $132.75 million, making it the 17th-largest opening weekend of all time and the highest-grossing debut ever for an R-rated film. That's 47 percent higher than the previous record-holder, The Matrix Reloaded, which pulled in $91.77 million during its opening weekend in May 2003. Deadpool also destroyed Fifty Shades of Grey's $85.17 million three-day debut, breaking that film's record for the all-time highest-grossing February opening weekend.

These aren't the first records for Deadpool. The movie's Thursday night screenings hinted at its weekend success, pulling in $12.7 million — good for the all-time Thursday night record for an R-rated film (beating The Hangover Part 2's $10.4 million haul in May 2011). Deadpool's distributor, 20th Century Fox, revised opening-weekend expectations upward from $60 million to $70 million following the impressive Thursday night totals. In other words, the film brought in more than double its anticipated weekend gross.

Fox reportedly greenlit a sequel to Deadpool before the film even premiered. The follow-up is said to feature the same creative team as the original, including director Tim Miller. For more on Deadpoolcheck out our review.

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