Box office: Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool’ marks historic debut

Ryan Reyonlds stars as the titular character in "Deadpool." (Photo credit: Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.)

Ryan Reyonlds stars as the titular character in “Deadpool.” (Photo credit: Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.)

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Superhero movies don’t have to be PG-13 to get superhero-sized returns. “Deadpool’s” historic debut proved that and then some.

Ryan Reynold’s foul-mouthed, fourth-wall busting character pulled in a massive $132.4 million in its first weekend in theaters, making “Deadpool” the highest ever opening for an R-rated film and for Fox.

The Marvel title cost Fox only $58 million to produce, too. “Deadpool’s” expectation-shattering grosses easily beat the weekend’s other new openers. The R-rated rom-com “How to Be Single” opened in third with $17.9 million, while “Zoolander 2” took fourth place with only $13.8 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by comScore:
1. “Deadpool,” 20th Century Fox, $132,434,639, 3,558 locations, $37,222 average, $152,193,853, 1 week.
2. “Kung Fu Panda 3,” 20th Century Fox, $19,755,738, 3,844 locations, $5,139 average, $100,176,132, 3 weeks.
3. “How To Be Single,” Warner Bros., $17,878,911, 3,343 locations, $5,348 average, $19,904,293, 1 week.
4. “Zoolander 2,” Paramount, $13,841,146, 3,394 locations, $4,078 average, $15,881,410, 1 week.
5. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney, $6,159,276, 1,810 locations, $3,403 average, $916,285,655, 9 weeks.
6. “The Revenant,” 20th Century Fox, $6,525,668, 2,266 locations, $2,880 average, $159,849,443, 8 weeks.
7. “Hail, Caesar!,” Universal, $6,395,545, 2,248 locations, $2,845 average, $22,138,565, 2 weeks.
8. “The Choice,” Lionsgate, $5,220,939, 2,631 locations, $1,984 average, $13,833,755, 2 weeks.
9. “Ride Along 2,” Universal, $4,458,420, 1,564 locations, $2,851 average, $83,618,180, 5 weeks.
10. “The Boy,” STX Entertainment, $3,140,355, 1,450 locations, $2,166 average, $31,439,106, 4 weeks.
11. “The 5th Wave,” Sony, $2,701,581, 1,444 locations, $1,871 average, $30,125,191, 4 weeks.
12. “The Finest Hours,” Disney, $2,715,268, 1,794 locations, $1,514 average, $23,768,659, 3 weeks.
13. “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies,” Sony, $2,561,107, 2,931 locations, $874 average, $9,863,980, 2 weeks.
14. “Dirty Grandpa,” Lionsgate, $2,238,070, 1,612 locations, $1,388 average, $33,404,205, 4 weeks.
15. “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi,” Paramount, $1,524,288, 932 locations, $1,636 average, $50,718,921, 5 weeks.
16. “The Big Short,” Paramount, $1,345,071, 535 locations, $2,514 average, $65,927,304, 10 weeks.
17. “Brooklyn,” Fox Searchlight, $1,088,551, 495 locations, $2,199 average, $34,249,179, 15 weeks.
18. “Daddy’s Home,” Paramount, $1,035,687, 532 locations, $1,947 average, $146,918,522, 8 weeks.
19. “Where To Invade Next,” Drafthouse Films, $897,034, 308 locations, $2,912 average, $1,151,163, 1 week.
20. “Spotlight,” Open Road, $698,951, 455 locations, $1,536 average, $37,358,167, 15 weeks.

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