'Deadpool' shoots to colossal Friday, aims for record R-rated opening

Meet Deadpool, Marvel's pottymouthed antihero
Meet Deadpool, Marvel's pottymouthed antihero

"Deadpool" is an R-rated superhero movie full of graphic violence and offensive language -- that's actually a good thing for its box office.

The 20th Century Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the sardonic, self-aware Marvel superhero, brought in a massive $47.5 million for its opening day on Friday, according to the studio.

"Deadpool" is now projected to bring in a 3-day opening of roughly $115 million, according to box office analysts.

If it notches that 3-day total, it'll become the biggest opening for an R-rated film ever, overtaking "The Matrix Reloaded," which made $91.2 million in May of 2003.

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"Deadpool" could be perhaps the most unlikely of blockbusters," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore (SCOR). "Yet, this film is shaping up as a mid-February Valentine gift to the fans, the studio and Reynolds himself."

While the general public may not know the name Deadpool, the character whose super power is super fast self-healing, is one of Marvel's most beloved titles, and after years of production delays fans are more than ready to finally see the hero on the big screen.

"'Deadpool' has blown away fellow adapted comic book and graphic novel titles on social media," said Shawn Robbins, senior analyst at BoxOffice.com. "That's partly due to the studio's superb ad campaign, but there's also clear excitement for a fresh, comedic, and decidedly 'adult' take on the superhero genre, and it's not just coming from fans."

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"Deadpool" despite its R rating could become a blockbuster at the box office for 20th Century Fox.

While including characters from the Marvel canon, "Deadpool" isn't a part of Disney's Marvel Studios which includes Captain America and Iron Man. The red and black suited hero instead finds himself fighting alongside members of the X-Men, who are also owned by Fox.

The film holds a 84% score on review site RottenTomatoes.com with critics crediting it as a fun -- if albeit raunchy -- spoof of the whole supehero blockbuster brand.

For Fox, "Deadpool" also looks to rights the wrongs of the studio's last Marvel picture, "Fantastic Four," which was completely clobbered at the box office in August.

And for Reynolds, the film is a chance for the actor to break away from his last go round in tights as DC's Green Lantern, a performance that was panned by fans and critics.

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