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Deadpool was the hardest comic book movie to make, critics said. The character’s too archaic, it has to be R-rated in order to be true to him and the creators. Ryan Reynolds has been snake bitten twice by comic book movies, can he seriously do this? Well, yes. Deadpool decided to go through the President’s Day weekend box office with guns and jokes blazing, setting a new February record in the process with $135M in receipts over the three-day weekend.

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The $135M sum for Deadpool easily smashes the record for the highest grossing weekend for an R-rated movie, surpassing The Matrix Reloaded‘s $91.8 million total from 2003. The film also crushed the President’s Day record set by the erotic romance movie, Fifty Shades of Grey which opened with $85 million. Deadpool decided to break the fourth wall, kill bad guys with an astounding set of gore and blood on a rather economic $58M budget. The film is projected to have made back the film costs three times over by Monday.

For Reynolds, Deadpool marks a triumph. After a series of high-cost comic gaffes in 2011’s Green Lantern and 2014’s R.I.P.D, the Canadian actor finally got it right. After playing the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine to a rather incorrect end, he begged and pleaded and worked on a spin-off to get the character right. A sequel for Deadpool has already been greenlit by FOX.

Elsewhere on the box-office, the female driven romantic comedy How To Be Single finished in third with $18M over the three-day weekend, followed by Zoolander 2 which came in with $15 million to finish in fourth. Last week’s box-office champ Kung Fu Panda 3 settled for second with $19.3 million.

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