Deadpool asked a very important question in the new meta of a Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe. Namely: could a foul-mouthed, smart-ass mercenary thrive — or even survive — in a house dominated by family friendly fare and a penchant for “Disneyfying” everything?
Turns out, the answer is a resounding YES.
Initial box office returns indicate that Deadpool, the Ryan Reynolds movie about Marvel’s favorite indestructible anti-hero, is on track to not only set a record for the biggest R-rated movie opening of all time (beating 50 Shades of Grey), but the biggest movie opening in February ever. With a single weekend, Reynolds erased the weak Green Lantern taste in everyone’s mouth, he dispelled fears that the film would be a flop, and he established that Disney is willing to accept the creative choices that Marvel wants in the MCU.
Deadpool opened against Zoolander 2, but not even Blue Steel could keep the merc with a mouth from hitting #1. With a CinemaScore of “A” it’s likely that positive word of mouth is going to fuel this movie to even higher Box Office receipts making the Mouse, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and movie-going fans happy for a long, long time.
We’ll update the box office scores (and record books!) Monday when final weekend numbers are released.