Weekend Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Breaks Records with $135 Million

20th Century Fox‘s Deadpool movie had the biggest opening ever for an R-rated film this long Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend, with a sky-high $135 million over the three-day portion.

The sarcastic Marvel superhero took the R-rated crown from The Matrix Reloaded ($91.7 million), claimed the record of largest R-rated comic book adaptation from 300 ($70.8 million), obliterated the previous record for a three-day February opening, which was set by Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.1 million) and is now 20th Century Fox’s biggest opening ever (surpassing Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith‘s $108.4 million). The Ryan Reynolds tongue-in-cheek movie is projecting $150 million for the four days domestically.

This weekend’s other two wide openers, however, didn’t fare as well as the “Merc with a Mouth.” The R-rated ensemble comedy How to Be Single and the PG-13-rated Ben Stiller fashion spoof Zoolander 2 couldn’t even score second place, with Kung Fu Panda 3 taking the second spot with an estimated $19.7 million in its third weekend.

New Line and MGM’s comedy How to Be Single, starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson, took $18.8 million over three days and an expected $21 million over four, while Zoolander 2 disappointed, earning roughly $15.7 million over three days and a projected $18 million over four.

The Revenant rounded out the top five, earning $6.9 million for the three days and an expected $8.1 million over the four-day holiday weekend. Here’s the Top Ten chart.

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Deadpool was a stupid movie that was a lot smarter than I thought it would be. Reynolds, get to fast tracking the sequel.