Deadpool is now officially the most successful R-rated movie of all time
The vibe was always strong, but few would have predicted the heights that the scurrilous Deadpool has now scaled. Eight weeks on from its release, Ryan Reynolds' anti-superhero is now officially the most successful R-rated movie of all time at the worldwide box office, with a still-climbing haul currently just shy of $750m. Not bad for a budget of just under $60m.
This finally eclipses The Matrix Reloaded's previous record of $742m, which has stood since 2003.
There is, however, a slightly different story if you work on Deadpool's US grosses alone. $350m of its takings come from the States, where it still has to catch Clint Eastwood's American Sniper and Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ to achieve the biggest R-rated success domestically. It needs another $21m before it can claim to be bigger than Jesus at home.
Deadpool 2 has, of course, already been promised by Deadpool himself in the Ferris Bueller-riffing post-credits scene. Less jokey, more official studio announcements haven't yet been forthcoming, but it can only now be a matter of time. As we've previously noted, there are unspecified Fox/Marvel movies slated for release on October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018. If they don't turn out to be Deadpool 2 and the recently-delayed Gambit we'll be very surprised.