That record-breaking night foretells big things for the flick's future throughout the rest of the weekend, with some optimistic industry analysts suggesting "Deadpool" could wind up making between $70 million and $80 million throughout its first three days of release. Studio Fox is hedging its bets, estimating a lower haul between $60 million and $65 million, but based on Thursday's performance, that may be more than modest. It's already bagged $12 million from international markets, bumping up its current worldwide total to more than $25 million in preview receipts alone.
"Deadpool's" impressive domestic Thursday numbers take down previous R-rated preview box office champ "The Hangover Part II," which hauled in $10.4 million back in 2011. And it also bested fellow high-grossing R-rated flick "Fifty Shades of Grey," which was the previous February release preview record holder, scoring $8.6 million just last year.
"Deadpool" is in theaters now -- and it looks like you better see it this weekend, before all your friends spoil its big surprises.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Read More