'Deadpool' named world's highest-grossing R-rated movie ever

Directed by Tim Miller, the film tells the story of an unusual superhero played by Ryan Reynolds


Ians March 30, 2016
Directed by Tim Miller, the film tells the story of an unusual superhero played by Ryan Reynolds. PHOTO: COMINGSOON.NET

Actor Ryan Reynolds's superhero film Deadpool, which released in Pakistan last month, has officially raked in more than $745 million worldwide, passing 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded ($742.1 million) to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie in box office history.

Directed by Tim Miller, the film tells the story of Wade Wilson (Reynolds), who hunts the man who gave him accelerated healing powers and also a scarred physical appearance.

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In North America, Deadpool has a total of $349.4 million, and it is expected to surpass American Sniper ($350.1 million) to take second place on the domestic list of highest-grossing R-rated movies, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The Passion of the Christ still stands at number one position with a collection of $370.8 million from domestic ticket sales.

Back in February, Deadpool shattered expectations, opening to $132.4 million over three days and $152.2 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend.

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Not only did that earn the film the biggest R-rated opening of all time, becoming the first R-rated movie to pass $100 million in its opening weekend, but Deadpool had the biggest February opening in box office history.

An R-rating, implying restricted viewership, according to Motion Picture Association of America film rating system, is accorded to movies which can be watched by those under 17 only when accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

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