Last February, American moviegoers decided nothing said Valentine's Day like a rich guy with control issues. This Valentine's Day weekend, we swooned for a pottymouthed superhero, reports USA Today, firmly putting Deadpool at the top of the box office with a monster $135 million opening weekend. That smashed Fifty Shades of Grey's $85.2 million, and its records for biggest February weekend and biggest President's Day weekend, and also dethroned The Matrix Reloaded's record for biggest R-rated opening weekend. Deadpool's take is especially breathtaking given that R rating, and moreso in the face of expectations pegged more in the $90 million neighborhood.
"Deadpool just keep going up and up. Obliterating expectations just doesn't cover this," says an analyst. "And rather than hurting, the R-rating actually helped. It made the film an edgy must-see superhero event. It's just incredible." (Read more box office stories.)