Deadpool has scored the best opening ever by an R-rated movie in North America.
The comic book adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds grossed $135 million (£93.3 million) over its opening weekend, smashing the previous record of $91.8 million (£63.4 million) set by The Matrix Reloaded in 2003.
Deadpool also scored the best ever opening by any film in the month of February, surpassing the previous high of $85.2 million (£58.9 million) set by last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey.
In addition to taking $135 million in North America, Deadpool raked in a further $125 million overseas for a huge global opening of $260 million (£179.7 million). Director Tim Miller made the film for an estimated $58 million (£40.1 million), a relatively small production budget for a superhero movie.
The long-awaited Deadpool movie sees Ryan Reynolds flanked by a supporting cast that includes Haywire‘s Gina Carano, former Homeland actress Morena Baccarin, Game Of Thrones veteran Ed Skrein and Silicon Valley star TJ Miller.
The film’s official plot synopsis teases: “Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”
According to a report earlier this week, Deadpool 2 is already in the works at Fox.