Deadpool
File:Deadpool poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTim Miller
Written by
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyKen Seng
Edited byJulian Clarke
Music byTom Holkenborg
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • February 8, 2016 (2016-02-08) (Le Grand Rex)
  • February 12, 2016 (2016-02-12) (United States)
Running time
108 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$58 million[2][3]
Box office$529.6 million[4]

Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the eighth installment of the X-Men film series, and is directed by Tim Miller. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapičić. In Deadpool, Wade Wilson hunts the man who gave him an accelerated healing factor, but also a scarred physical appearance.

Development of a Deadpool film began in February 2004 with New Line Cinema. However, in March 2005, New Line put the film in turnaround and 20th Century Fox became interested. In May 2009, after Reynolds portrayed the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox lent the film to writers, and in April 2011, Miller was hired for his directorial debut. CGI test footage created by Miller and Reynolds was leaked in July 2014 to an enthusiastic response, leading to Fox greenlighting the film that September. Additional casting began in early 2015, and principal photography took place in Vancouver, Canada, from March to May. Visual effects were provided by multiple vendors, and ranged from the addition of blood and gore to the creation of the completely computer generated character Colossus.

Deadpool premiered in Paris on February 8, 2016, and was released on February 12, 2016, in North America in IMAX, DLP, D-Box and premium large formats. The film has broken numerous box office records and generally received positive reviews: it became the highest-grossing R-rated comic book film and the highest-grossing X-Men film in USA, while critics praised Reynolds' performance, the humor, and the action sequences, but criticized the plot as formulaic. A sequel has been greenlit.

Plot

Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces operator who works as a mercenary in New York City. He meets escort Vanessa Carlysle at a local bar and they become romantically attached. One year later, Wade proposes to her and she accepts, but he suddenly collapses. Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer and though Vanessa remains by his side, he does not want her to watch him die.

A recruiter from a secret program approaches Wade offering an experimental cure for his cancer. Although Wade initially refuses, he decides to leave Vanessa and undergo the procedure. At a laboratory, Wade meets Ajax and Angel Dust, whom he instantly resents. Ajax injects Wade with a serum designed to awaken latent mutant genes, then has him subjected to days of torture to induce stress and trigger the mutation without success. Wade discovers Ajax's real name, Francis Freeman, and mocks him. In response, Ajax straps Wade into an airtight chamber which raises and lowers the oxygen level to keep Wade constantly on the verge of asphyxiation - leaving him over the weekend but not before Ajax reveals to Wade their true purpose: to make super-powered slaves to be sold to wealthy customers. While inside the chamber, Wade develops a healing factor that cures his cancer but leaves him severely disfigured as a side-effect. He escapes from the chamber and attacks Ajax, but relents when told that his disfigurement can be cured. Ajax subdues Wade, impales him with a rebar and leaves him for dead in the burning laboratory.

Wade survives the ordeal and attempts to return to Vanessa, but is afraid of her suffering because of his appearance, and stays away from her. After consulting his best friend Weasel, Wade decides to hunt down Ajax and have his disfigurement cured. He becomes a masked vigilante, takes the alias "Deadpool", and moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Blind Al. Following a string of leads, Deadpool tracks down Ajax to a convoy of cars on an expressway. He kills all the escorts, corners Ajax and demands a cure to his disfigurement. The confrontation is interrupted by two X-Men, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who have been trying to recruit Deadpool. Taking advantage of the distraction, Ajax escapes. Colossus handcuffs himself to Deadpool and begins dragging him away, in order to take him with them back to the X-Men's mansion. Deadpool cuts off his own hand and escapes. His hand slowly regenerates overnight.

Ajax goes to Weasel's bar and learns about Vanessa. In response, Weasel calls Wade and tells him Vanessa is in danger. Wade goes to the strip club where she works but hesitates before he can face her. As a result, Ajax has time to kidnap Vanessa. He and Angel Dust tell Deadpool to meet them on a decommissioned helicarrier in a scrapyard.

Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic to help him, and the trio takes a cab to the scrapyard. While Colossus and Negasonic battle Angel Dust, Deadpool fights his way through Ajax's henchmen, and eventually engages him in close combat. After Angel Dust knocks out Colossus, Negasonic uses her power to repel her, but accidentally destroys the equipment holding the helicarrier upright. As the helicarrier tips over, Colossus wakes up and carries Negasonic and Angel Dust to safety, while Deadpool successfully saves Vanessa. Ajax is still alive and attacks Deadpool, but is subdued and reveals there is no cure for Wade's disfigurement.

Colossus urges Deadpool to spare his enemy, but Deadpool kills Ajax anyway. Wade turns to Vanessa, who removes his mask revealing his face. Vanessa is angered that Wade left her, but still loves him. She accepts him, and they reconcile by kissing. In a post-credits scene, Wade tells the audience that the film is over and announces a sequel featuring Cable.

Cast

Tim Miller, Reynolds, Baccarin, T. J. Miller, Hildebrand, Skrein and Carano speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
A mercenary who is subjected to an experimental regenerative mutation to cure his cancer, which gives him accelerated healing superpowers, but severely scars his body. Reynolds called this version of Deadpool more "authentic" and closer to the comic version than his X-Men Origins: Wolverine version,[5][6] saying that this Deadpool "takes nothing seriously."[7]
An artificially-mutated member of Weapon X, the program that creates Deadpool.[10] Ajax is a weapons expert, with enhanced strength and an inability to feel pain.[11] According to Tim Miller, Skrein did '80%' of his own stunts, with stunt doubles only used for rigged stunts.[12]
An X-Man with the mutant ability to transform his entire body into organic steel. The role was originally offered to Daniel Cudmore, who played the character in X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but he declined.[12] Instead, Colossus became a performance by several actors: Kapičić provided the voice;[17] Andre Tricoteux provided the on-set performance;[18] T. J. Storm provided the final body motion performance;[18] motion capture supervisor Greg LaSalle provided the final facial performance;[19] and Glenn Ennis was used as the "the inspiration for the chiseled jaw look behind the character".[18]

Additionally, Leslie Uggams portrays Blind Al, an elderly blind woman and Deadpool's roommate;[20] Jed Rees portrays a Weapon X recruiter;[12] and Karan Soni portrays Dopinder, a taxi driver.[21] X-Men co-creator Stan Lee and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld make cameo appearances as a strip club MC and a patron of Weasel's bar, respectively.[22][23] Rob Hayter briefly appears as Bob, a recurring character alongside Deadpool's comic appearances.[23] The film does not reference Bob's comic history as an agent of Hydra, due to rights issues with Marvel Studios.[24]

Production

Development

"There's definitely a sort of overall plan that we've all been talking about for the X-Men universe now, and Deadpool obviously fits into that. So yeah, I guess I would say it's part of certainly an overall timeline and thought process that goes into these films."

—Producer Simon Kinberg on Deadpool's place in the X-Men film series[25]

In May 2000, Artisan Entertainment announced a deal with Marvel Entertainment to coproduce, finance and distribute a film based on Deadpool.[26] In February 2004, New Line Cinema attempted to produce a Deadpool film with David S. Goyer working on the script and Ryan Reynolds in the title role;[27][28] Reynolds became interested in the character after discovering that Deadpool refers to his own appearance as "Ryan Reynolds crossed with a Shar-Pei" in Cable & Deadpool.[29][30] By August, Goyer lost interest in favor of other projects.[31] In March 2005, after New Line put Deadpool in turnaround, 20th Century Fox became interested in moving forward on production for the project.[32]

Fox considered a Deadpool spin-off early in the development of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which had Reynolds cast in the role,[27] and after the opening weekend success of that film announced that it was lending Deadpool out to writers, with Lauren Shuler Donner acting as a producer.[33] Donner wanted the film to reboot the character of Deadpool, ignoring the version in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and including attributes that the character has in the comics, such as breaking the fourth wall.[34] Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to write the script in January 2010,[35] and in a month an early draft leaked online,[36] garnering a positive response from fans that prompted Fox to grant a small budget for test footage.[37] Robert Rodriguez was sent another early draft of the screenplay in June 2010,[38] but after negotiations with him fell through, Adam Berg emerged as a top contender to direct.[39] Eventually, in April 2011, visual effects specialist Tim Miller was hired as director.[40]

In July 2014, the test footage for the film, which had been created with visual effects in 2012 and starred Reynolds through motion capture, was leaked online.[41][42] Blur Studio, the company that created the test footage, subsequently released it officially.[43] The footage received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response online,[42] and in September 2014, Fox gave Deadpool a release date of February 12, 2016.[44] Kinberg confirmed a month later that Deadpool would be part of the X-Men shared cinematic universe.[45] Over the years of development, Reese and Wernick wrote additional versions of the script, including a PG-13 version. Reese felt that ultimately, "about seventy percent" of the initial draft ended up in the final film.[46] Changes during rewrites include the removal of the Marvel characters Garrison Kane and Cannonball from the film, due to budgetary concerns over the required CGI for his cybernetic arms, and the perception of a "stupid hick character", respectively.[12] Wyre, initially an additional villain, was also cut,[47] with the three replaced by Angel Dust.[48] Plans to have the Marvel superhero Cable appear were halted when it was decided that he would work better in a potential sequel.[47]

Reynolds "100 percent" attributed Fox's greenlighting of the film for production to the test footage leak, stating, after being asked who had leaked it, "I would have, if I had known it would have caused that!...Now, we get to make the movie. We don’t get to make it with the budget of most superhero movies, but we get to make it the way we want to make it".[49] Reese admitted that about $7 million was deducted from the budget ostensibly last-minute, forcing further rewrites.[48] Miller, who made his directorial debut with Deadpool,[40] has been credited by both Reynolds and motion capture supervisor Greg LaSalle with making efficient use of the budget, for example waiting to work on the CGI for Colossus until after the film was edited, cutting down on the cost of post-production.[50][51]

Pre-production

In December 2014, Reynolds was confirmed to reprise his role as Wade Wilson / Deadpool.[52] The next month, T. J. Miller and Ed Skrein were in talks to appear in the film;[53] in February 2015, Gina Carano was cast as Angel Dust, Miller was confirmed for an unspecified role, and so was Morena Baccarin.[8][15] Taylor Schilling, Crystal Reed, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Sarah Greene, and Jessica De Gouw were also considered for Baccarin's role.[54] In March, Miller's role was revealed to be Weasel,[14] while Baccarin's was revealed to be Vanessa Carlysle.[9][55] Brianna Hildebrand was cast as Negasonic Teenage Warhead,[16] and a month later Skrein revealed that he would play Ajax.[11] Leslie Uggams revealed she would portray Blind Al in July,[20] and Tim Miller revealed that Jed Rees would portray the Recruiter in August.[12] Stefan Kapičić voiced Colossus,[17] replacing Daniel Cudmore, who played the character in previous X-Men films. Cudmore was asked to return for Deadpool, but declined as his voice was always intended to be replaced.[12][56]

Talking about the make-up used to depict the scarring on Wilson's body, Tim Miller said, "There was some discussion about how horrible we could make it, and I firmly planted my flag in 'fucking horrible', because if it isn't, nobody's going to excuse him for being such a dick and being so angry. If it's just a few scars we’re not going to have any sympathy for him. To Fox's credit they were like, 'Go for it.' But that said, we didn't want to make him a zombie, which some of the comics go pretty far with. I'm all for authenticity but you can’t have a main character who's leaking pus. You don't want to see inside his mouth when he's chewing, that's a bridge too far. I think he looks suitably hideous. And that's not the only stage of the make-up: when we first see him in the workshop it's pretty raw." Elaborating on the initial make-up scene in the workshop, Miller stated that it took 6 hours to apply Reynolds' full-body make-up.[12] Also, visual effects supervisor Jonathan Rothbart discussed the practical costume created for Deadpool, noting that it was difficult to replicate later in CGI for the visual effects: "The costume is made of this mesh so all the dirt would get into the gutters and the cracks and crevices of the costume. Then all the ridges of the mesh would stay nice and clean, so anytime sun would be on it and the light hits it, it still takes that orangey hue but as soon as it goes in the shadow it dropped to this more blueish of the dirt."[18]

Filming

Crew members working on the set of Deadpool in Vancouver, April 2015

Principal photography commenced on March 23, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,[57] and ended on May 29, 2015.[58] Ken Seng served as director of photography on the film, while Robert Alonzo and Philip Silvera supervised and coordinated the film's stunts, respectively.[18] According to Reynolds, the key face-off between Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Deadpool after freeing himself from the persecution at the laboratory was inspired, in part, by the sauna showdown in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises.[59] For the scene, Reynolds was fully naked, "I always thought there’s nothing more frightening than trying to fight a nude man in a Russian sauna," Reynolds said.[59]

According to the Motion Picture Association of Canada, more than 2,000 British Columbiansnwere hired as actors, crew and extras during filming.[60]

Post-production

Visual effects for Deadpool were produced by Digital Domain, Atomic Fiction, Blur Studio, Weta Digital, Rodeo FX, Luma Pictures, and Image Engine. While the vendors mostly worked on individual areas of the film, there was some collaboration, particularly in the final battle sequence which takes place in the wreckage of a helicarrier, and in which Luma created the climactic fight between Deadpool and Ajax; Digital Domain created the majority of the Colossus effects, except for when he is damaged later on, for which he was created by Blur Studio; Digital Domain also created the effects for Negasonic Teenage Warhead's abilities as well as parts of the deck of the helicarrier; Rodeo contributed matte paintings for the background; and Weta provided the facial animation for Deadpool. Additionally, when Deadpool is stabbed in the head during the fight and hallucinates "cartoon characters that dance around his face", Miller found a "French animation artist who had a unique style and did all the 2D work" which the visual effects team then composited into the shots.[18]

For the earlier freeway battle, expanded from the similar sequence in the test footage, Atomic Fiction created a freeway environment with a city backdrop, based on plates shot in Detroit, along with all the vehicles, with vehicle interiors and some character actions filmed on a greenscreen stage. Elements of Chicago and Vancouver were also included in the city environment, while some of the live-action stunts filmed for the sequence include a stuntman lying on a treadmill to simulate being dragged by a vehicle, and stuntmen riding greenscreen rigs to simulate the riding of motorcycles. For the film's opening title sequence, Blur Studio used assets from Atomic to create "a constant pullback inside the car that reveals all the thugs Deadpool is fighting, and he’s pulling a pulling a wedgie on one of the guys, putting his eyes into the fingers of another dude." The sequence is described as an "85 second full CG frozen moment mid-freeway crash that’s populated with such titles as ‘Directed by an overpaid tool’ and ‘Produced by asshats’".[18]

Concerning Colossus, Miller felt, as a fan of the comics' character, that the "dude with the shiny skin" from the previous X-Men films was "not fucking Colossus...He should be this monstrous guy, and they actually let me ['change the look of him' and] make him seven-and-a-half feet tall."[12] Digital Domain ultimately created the completely CGI character using the facial performance of motion capture supervisor Greg LaSalle and the body motion performance of T. J. Storm, who replaced on-set performer Andre Tricoteux, who often "wore platform shoes or an extra hat-piece or be on a platform to be even taller" meaning "he couldn't move too athletically", especially during fight sequences. For the character's metallic finish, the visual effects team sought out specific reference to avoid making him look too "chromey", visiting a metal company with "a whole bunch of different samples of different types of steels." Cold rolled steel was settled on as the primary look, with the much darker hot rolled steel chosen for his hair. To keep Colossus's ridges and lines always perfectly straight, as in the comic books, the animators were able to move them rather than have them 'locked' to the animated model, which was causing them to "get all squiggly and strange" as the character moved. Digital Domain's Colossus asset was also used by Blur Studio, who created the character for a scene in which he is in a cab as well as providing the damaged version of the character for the final battle sequence.[18]

Rather than animate every shot of Deadpool to show the character "emoting", deemed necessary due to the amount of Reynolds' emotion coming through the bottom of the Deadpool mask while a "solid shell" was formed from the upper lip up (an effect described as 'chinwagging'), which would not have been feasible considering the film's budget, Weta Digital instead warped each shot of Deadpool based on facial references provided by Reynolds, which was called an "ingenious 2D-ish solution". Image Engine used a similar process for the film's promotional materials. For the character's initial transformation, where a "horrifying skin scar effect" is used, Rodeo FX referenced rotting fruit and maggot-eaten meat. Rodeo also augmented the practical fire and environment used in the sequence, with Rodeo FX visual effects supervisor Wayne Brinton noting that rather than just layering on more fire as the scene goes along, the vendor made more things burn, to show a progression in the burning down of the building and to avoid the fire looking "flat". Additionally, when the character rips off his burning clothes, Rodeo added a CGI penis to Reynolds, which "wasn't meant to be comedic - it was one of those things that's when it's there it looks so natural that you don't even notice it. When it wasn't there it looked really weird."[18]

Deadpool relied heavily on practical, make-up, and digital effects to create its R-rated blood and gore, with Luma Pictures one of the main vendors responsible for this. Visual effects were used for the more complex blood and gore, while footage of pressurized PVC piping 'spewing out' practical blood and gore was also composited into the film for some sequences. For the scene where Deadpool cuts off his own hand, Digital Domain did not want to be "outdone" by Luma, and so had "buckets of blood pouring out". Luma also created the regrowing hand, which was based on the hand of a fetus.[18]

Music

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In January 2016, Tom Holkenborg confirmed that he would compose the score for Deadpool.[61] He used synthesizers made popular in the 80s that "were perceived as very serious [at the time, but] now, in hindsight, when you play them back, they’re very funny." For Deadpool's primary 'riffs', Holkenborg used an ARP 2600 synth and a Synclavier, while an Oberheim synthesizer was used for the more emotional scenes. A full orchestra was used for the X-Men to give them a "noble" feeling and to honor the previous X-Men films.[62] The film's soundtrack also features several songs, including "Deadpool Rap" by YouTube personalities TeamHeadKick, which was originally inspired by the 2013 Deadpool video game; the film version features updated lyrics which reference the events of the film rather than elements of the game.[63]

The soundtrack album was released digitally on February 12, 2016, featuring both Holkenborg's score and songs from other artists that are used in the film. Physical copies of the soundtrack will be available through Milan Records on March 4, 2016.[64]

Track listing
No.TitlePerformed byLength
1."Angel of the Morning"Juice Newton4:12
2."Maximum Effort" 2:08
3."Small Disruption" 1:12
4."Shoop"Salt-N-Pepa4:08
5."Twelve Bullets" 2:50
6."Man in a Red Suit" 2:20
7."Liam Neeson Nightmares" 1:56
8."Calendar Girl" (1999 Remastered Version)Neil Sedaka2:37
9."The Punch Bowl" 5:55
10."Back to Life" 2:12
11."Every Time I See Her" 0:54
12."Deadpool Rap"TeamHeadKick3:25
13."Easy Angel" 2:31
14."Scrap Yard" 1:02
15."This Place Looks Sanitary" 6:50
16."Watership Down" 4:10
17."X Gon' Give It to Ya" (Radio Edit)DMX3:37
18."Going Commando" 3:46
19."Let's Try to Kill Each Other" 1:00
20."Stupider When You Say It" 2:24
21."Four or Five Moments" 0:54
22."A Face I Would Sit On" 3:07
23."Careless Whisper"Wham!5:02
Total length:1:08:12

Chart performance

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[65] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[66] 123
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[67] 198
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[68] 48
US Billboard 200[69] 30
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[70] 1

Release

Deadpool made its world premiere at the Grand Rex in Paris on February 8, 2016.[71] Deadpool was released on February 10, 2016 in the United Kingdom and February 12, 2016 in North America.[44][72] The film was released in various formats such as IMAX, DLP, premium large formats and D-Box.[73] However, it was denied a theatrical release in China and Uzbekistan due to its content, for violence, nudity and graphic language.[74][75] In India, it received an "A" certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification with some cuts.[76] It opened Tuesday, February 9, in Hong Kong, and in 7 additional markets on Wednesday, February 10, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, France, Taiwan, the Philippines, Belgium and Singapore. 39 other markets, including Australia, Argentina and Brazil, opened on Thursday, February 11, and 23 more markets bowed on Friday, February 12, including the United States and Canada and India.[77] The film will open in South Korea, Italy, Spain, and Japan in the coming weekends.[77]

Marketing

In July 2015, director Miller and several cast members attended the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con to present the trailer of the film, which received a standing ovation from attendees who requested that it be played again.[78] Graeme McMillan of The Hollywood Reporter opined that Deadpool "looks like the first movie that talks to the fan audience in their own language", and praised the meta humor of the trailer,[79] while Business Insider's Joshua Rivera gave the trailer a positive review for being "faithful to the source material", as well as for its humor and action.[80]

In December 2015, Fox launched a viral marketing campaign titled "The 12 days of Deadpool", which consisted of one website posting new info about the film each day, with the culmination of a new trailer released on Christmas Day.[81] The general marketing campaign for the film has garnered a positive reaction in the media;[82][83] two particular items noted as effective were a campaign to feign Deadpool as a Valentine's Day romance film,[84] and a billboard only containing the emoji "💀💩L" which journalists called "dumb, yet hilarious".[85]

On January 19, 2016, two supposed screenings of yet unseen footage in New York and Los Angeles turned out to be surprise screenings of the entire film;[86] Screen Rant noted that fan reactions to the film were "overwhelmingly positive".[87]

Reception

Box office

As of February 26, 2016, Deadpool has grossed $263.1 million in North America and $266.5 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $529.6 million.[4] It had a worldwide opening of $264.9 million from 62 markets, which is the biggest of 2016, the biggest for an R-rated film, and the second biggest for Fox, only behind Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ($303.9 million).[88][89] It continued to top the worldwide box office after adding $141.1 million from 78 markets which is down about 46.7% from its first weekend.[90] It also recorded the biggest IMAX 2D worldwide opening of all time with $27.4 million from 606 IMAX theaters, eclipsing The Dark Knight Rises ($23.8 million).[91][92]

North America

In the United States and Canada, pre-release tracking originally suggested the film would open to $55–65 million from 3,557 theaters in its opening weekend, and up to $75 million over the four-day Presidents' Day weekend, outstripping the projections for fellow newcomers Zoolander 2 and How to Be Single. Tracking also showed that the film would do well with both males and females.[98] However, once the film approached its opening day, estimates rose to as high as a $100+ million three-day opening, and going as high as a $120 million for the four-day opening.[99][100] However, Fox was being conservative, projecting a three-day opening similar to other superhero movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million).[101] The film has the added benefit of playing across 374 IMAX screens and 475 premium large format screens.[2] It made $12.7 million from its Thursday night previews from 2,975 theaters, setting records for the biggest R-rated and February previews, beating The Hangover Part II ($10.4 million) and Fifty Shades of Grey ($8.6 million), respectively.[102][103] Of that, $2.3 million came from IMAX showings, for a per screen average of $6,200, which is the sixth biggest IMAX preview ever.[102] This broke the record for the biggest February IMAX preview and the biggest R-rated IMAX preview.[103]

Buoyed by good word of mouth, it exceeded expectations on its opening day, earning $47.4 million, breaking the records for the biggest R-rated opening day and the biggest February opening day. It also became the biggest R-rated single day and the second-biggest opening and single day ever for a 20th Century Fox film, behind the $50 million Thursday debut of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.[104] 14% of its Friday gross came from PLF screens, which grossed $6.4 million, of which Cinemark XD made $1.6 million.[105] While typical fanboy films are frontloaded and witness a drop of at least a third in their second day, Deadpool dropped just -10% on its second day, to $42.61 million,[105] and rose +0.2% on its third day ($46.68 million.[106] Earning a total of $132.4 million in its opening weekend, it broke the record for the biggest R-rated opening of all time, the biggest February opening, the biggest opening for Fox, and the biggest opening of Reynolds' career.[107] PLF screens represented 13% or $17.6 million of that gross from 465 screens, a new record.[105] Furthermore, it scored the second biggest opening ever for the first installment of a superhero property, behind Disney/Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4 million), the second biggest non-sequel opening, behind The Hunger Games ($152.5 million),[108] or third biggest if Marvel's The Avengers is included,[109] the third biggest pre-summer season (which starts in May) opening, behind The Hunger Games ($152.5 million) and Furious 7 ($147.2 million),[105] the fifth-biggest for a Marvel property film,[110] the seventh-biggest comic book adpatations opening,[111] and the eighth-biggest long holiday opening (irrespective of the number of days with four days in terms of Deadpool).[109] It became the 36th film to open above $100 million, and is the first R-rated film to do so.[104]

It is also the earliest film in a year to open with over $100 million. The previous record holder Alice in Wonderland opened with $116.1 million in the first weekend of March 2010.[112] $18.4 million came from 374 IMAX plays, setting records for February as well as for R-rated openings.[92][105] Males comprised a bulk of the audience demographics during its opening weekend, with 62%, while females comprised 38%, with 47% of the audience being under the age of 25.[92] For its 4-day President's Day weekend, it earned $152.19 million, breaking records for the biggest 4-day President's Day opening as well as single weekend gross, breaking the $93 million made by Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015.[113] Its four-day holiday opening weekend alone made it the biggest R-rated comic book superhero movie (surpassing Wanted), the biggest R-rated costumed superhero comic book movie (surpassing Watchmen), and the second biggest R-rated comic book adaptation of all time (behind 300).[109][111] It also did exceptionally well in IMAX and premium large formats screens, with 31% or $46.9 million (of the $152.1 million) coming from the said formats. It earned around $27.4 million (18%) in IMAX and about $19.5 million (13%) in PLF auditoriums.[108]

Following its record breaking openings, Deadpool scored the biggest February Monday by earning $19.76 million,[114] and the biggest February Tuesday ever with $11.56 million (breaking The Vow's record)[114] and in just five days surpassed the lifetime total of X-Men, X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine,[115] and in one week surpassed X-Men Origins: Wolverine.[116] On its ninth day of release, it passed the $200 million mark, becoming the fastest R-rated film to cross that mark. By comparison, the previous record holder The Matrix Reloaded took 11 days.[117][118][119] It topped the box office for the second weekend after falling by 57.4% to $56.4 million from 3,722 theaters (an additional 164 theaters from its opening amount) and scored the second-biggest second weekend gross for an R-rated film, only behind the $64.6 million second weekend of American Sniper.[120] The 57.4% drop was in line with the 59.4% drop of Avengers: Age of Ultron,[120] and the 59.8% drop of The Matrix Reloaded.[121] In just ten days, it became the highest-grossing X-Men film (surpassing X-Men: The Last Stand) as well as becoming the highest-grossing R-rated comic book film of all-time (beating 300).[120] By its second weekend, Forbes reported that the film was on pace to dethrone The Passion of the Christ ($370 million) as the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time as it was already $74.8 million ahead of The Passion of the Christ.[122] It was able to top the box office for the third weekend in a row after adding $31.5 million from 3,856 theaters (an additional 134 theaters from its second weekend amount) despite the arrival of three new wide releases; Gods of Egypt, Eddie the Eagle and Triple 9.[123][124]

Outside North America

Outside North America, Deadpool will be released in a total of 80 countries.[77] It began its international rollout on February 9 in Hong Kong and expanded to 7 additional markets on February 10, where it earned $12 million.[77] The Hollywood Reporter called it "no small feat" considering that it is the first Marvel superhero film to be rated R.[125] On its opening day – which varies among different countries – it had the biggest Fox opening day ever for a 15-rated movie, the 5th highest opening day for a Marvel film, the biggest IMAX Wednesday opening ever (behind Spectre) in the United Kingdom and Ireland ($3.4 million),[77] the biggest February opening of all time in Australia ($2.1 million), the biggest Fox opening day ever, the biggest IMAX opening of all time in Taiwan, with $1.4 million ($1.7 million including previews), Fox's biggest Chinese New Year single day ever in Hong Kong ($650,000), the biggest opening day ever for an R-rated film in the Philippines ($357,000), the biggest superhero opening day ever in Belgium ($270,000), and Fox's biggest opening day ever for an M18 rated film in Singapore ($205,000).[77] Through Sunday, February 14, it earned an opening-weekend total of $132.1 million from 61 countries (which is 80% of its total international marketplace), and opened at No. 1 in 59 of them, with the exceptions of Poland and Malaysia (behind The Mermaid). It scored the second biggest R-rated international opening weekend of all time, only behind the $156 million opening of Fifty Shades of Grey.[126] IMAX comprised $7.9 million of the weekend's gross from 232 IMAX screens, with records set for the biggest February and R-rated openings in numerous markets, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, and the U.K.[126] It fell 47% in its second weekend, after adding 17 new markets for a total of $84.7 million from 77 markets and opening at No. 1 in all the newly added markets.[90]

It had the biggest opening for the studio in 13 markets including Australia, Taiwan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, the biggest R-rated (or equivalent) opening weekend of all time in 11 markets, and the biggest February opening in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia.[126] Its highest international tallies were witnessed in the United Kingdom and Ireland ($20.2 million), Russia ($13.1 million), South Korea ($11.9 million), Australia ($10.65 million), France ($8.9 million), Taiwan ($8.18 million), Germany ($7.3 million), Brazil ($6.3 million), Hong Kong ($3.9 million), Spain ($3.87 million), Italy ($3.39 million) and the Philippines ($3 million).[90][126] The biggest openings outside of the United States and Canada were witnessed in the UK, Ireland and Malta, where it earned £13.73 million ($20.2 million) in its opening weekend from 543 screens, including £3.76 million ($5.3 million) from previews, which is the biggest debut ever for a film released in February. This is on par with the £13.71 million ($19.5 million) opening of Iron Man 3 in 2013.[126][127] In Russia and the CIS, it scored the biggest opening weekend of all time, with $13.1 million on an estimated 1,119 screens, breaking the previous record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens two months prior.[126][128] It topped the UK box office for two consecutive weekends.[129] It will next open in Japan on June 3, 2016.[90]

Critical response

Deadpool received generally positive reviews from both critics and audiences.[130][131][132][133][134][135][136] Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 83%, based on 234 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts the superhero film formula with wildly entertaining – and decidedly non-family-friendly – results."[137] Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 49 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[138] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[139] PostTrak demographic polling of North American audiences showed that the film's audience was 64% male. 90% of men and 86% of women polled gave the film a positive score.[140]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said the film is "party time for action junkies" and that Reynolds may have found the role that defines his career.[141] In his review for TheWrap, Alonso Duralde called Deadpool "a funny, bloody comedy [that] is the Marvel Universe's biggest breath of fresh air since Guardians of the Galaxy", praising it, among other things, for its self-aware wit.[142] Christy Lemire also praised the film for being "beyond meta" and "up its ass and back out its own mouth again".[143]

Conversely, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2.5 out 4 stars, praising Reynolds' performance but saying the film gets bogged down by its origin story, and all too often becomes like the films it spoofs.[144] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times found the movie lacking, noting that protagonist "is not an individual who wears particularly well" and that the jokes "eventually get wearing, but Reynolds is quite good at [them]". He also commended Baccarin on her performance but ultimately noted that the movie is "rife with standard-issue elements."[145]

In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the film thirteenth in their list of "best Marvel comics adapted films".[146]

Critics have also wondered why Deadpool is meeting with such commercial success and popularity with fans. Kyle Anderson of The Nerdist attributes the film's success to commitment to the source material and expresses concern that studios will focus on the wrong thing: "I do not want to see a spate of R-rated comic book movies made just for the sake of it. While a gory and sweary Lobo movie might be fun, it's not going to work for every other character. I don't want to see an R-rated Fantastic Four, I don’t want to see an uber-gritty Green Lantern, and I don't want to see a supremely silly take on Batman."[147]

Sequel

In September 2015, Kinberg commented on the possibility of a sequel for Deadpool: "we were talking about the sequel while we were making the movie just because when you make a film like this that's from a serialized source material, you hope that it's the first of many".[148] By the release of Deadpool, Fox had already greenlit the sequel, with Reese and Wernick returning to write, and Miller being looked at to return as director.[149]

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