A rated R superhero film, let alone one that came out in February may have seemed like a pretty big gamble for Fox, but it appears that Deadpool is one that paid off. Deadpool brought in $135 million in the domestic market its opening weekend, with another $125 million in the foreign market.
That’s not bad for a movie that only had a $58 million budget.
This gives Deadpool the biggest February opening weekend of all time (beating 50 Shades of Grey), as well as the biggest Winter opening as well (beating American Sniper). The film also has the biggest rated R opening of all time, and those three things hold up even with totals adjusted for inflation.
Heck, looking at Fox’s X-Men-continuity, it’s already made more than The Wolverine did in the domestic market during its entire run.
This is, of course, huge for Fox. What I hope though is that Hollywood doesn’t take this as a queue to make a whole bunch of copycat Rated R superhero movies just because Deadpool was successful. Deadpool is doing this well because it’s true to the spirit of the character. Likewise though, a Rated R version of The Flash would be terrible. Each property needs to be treated differently, and with nuance.
I just don’t know if “nuance” is in the studios’ vocabulary.
Yesterday was, of course, the Super Bowl. While our readers here at Nerd & Tie are a mixed bag about whether or not they cared about the content of the actual game (if the three of us who host the podcast here are any indicator it should be about one out of three), I’m pretty sure that everyone who reads this blog is interested in the various superhero and scifi movie ads that aired during the commercial breaks.
Because, y’know, this site has “Nerd” in the URL.
So rather than making you hunt down all the various spots you may have missed because you either didn’t watch the game or had to pee during the multitude of commercial breaks, we’ve collected the ones we assume will be of the most interest to you.
Look, we’re going to admit it – we totally took a long holiday weekend, and decided to spend time with our families instead of… well… you. Don’t take it personally. You’re anonymous people on the internet — and our families actually know where we live.
Because of that though, we didn’t get a chance to post this new Deadpool trailer when it came out on Christmas Day. So instead we’re posting it now. Because reasons.
On this fortnight’s installment of the podcast, we discuss the new Deadpool trailer, how we’re grateful that we won’t have to watch Uncle Ben die in the next Spider-Man movie, the bizarreness of a post-Apocalyptic adaptation of Little Women (you read that right), how The Dark Tower film(s) seem finally on track, Galacticon’s bizarre staff drama, Anime California’s inappropriate actions towards Summoner’s Cafe, and how we’re all super happy to be attending Geek.kon!
It’ll be fun. We have some big news for you there.
It’s pretty much the same thing we saw via shakey cam from SDCC, but now in less-shakey form. The trailer is violent, funny, and kind of awesome. It looks like Deadpool is finally going to get the onscreen treatment he deserves.
If you were ever worried that Fox’s forthcoming adaptation of Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds wouldn’t have the right tone, you don’t need to worry any longer. I mean, we still don’t know if the movie will be any good or not, but they’re at least trying for the right thing.
How do I know? Well, Ryan Reynolds tweeted out the first official image of himself dressed up in the Deadpool costume:
On this installment of the podcast, we talk about Spider-man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the weird Wheel of Time Pilot that aired, the Master returning in the Doctor Who Series 9 opener, the new Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad, the first picture of Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Deadpool-casting-pa-looza, and Nick and Pher’s trip to Anime Milwaukee.
THR is reporting that Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Stargate SG-1, Practically Everything on Genre TV) has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Deadpool movie. Right now we don’t know anything about her character beyond “she’s the female lead,” but if anyone can pull off a mysterious, undefined part it’s Baccarin.
Morena Baccarin’s credits are mostly small screen stuff, but they are bountiful. Frankly, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably watched at least five things she’s appeared in… this week. She’s definitely a match for Ryan Reynolds, so this should be pretty entertaining.