20th Century Fox may just have learned a lesson about the value of getting a Marvel character right from Ryan Reynolds because, not only was his Deadpool movie a huge success on its $132 million domestic earnings on its opening weekend, it has now also overtaken X-Men: The Last Stand as the top-grossing film in the X-Men film franchise.
Just to clarify, the Deadpool movie is only being compared with other films within the X-Men film franchise, not with other Marvel character film or superhero films in general.
As of April 3, records show that Deadpool has earned an estimated gross of $355 million domestically and $399 million overseas, bringing its total global earnings to $754 million since its release on Feb. 12. This is against the $58 million budget the production was granted.
X-Men: The Last Stand, which previously held the top spot, recorded a total domestic gross of $234 million and $225 million overseas for a worldwide box-office earning of $459 million against its production budget of $210 million.
Deadpool's performance in the box-office is already overwhelming, especially with its R-rating, but it only justifies the efforts made by Reynolds, Tim Miller, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for the past decade as they continued their efforts to get a studio to back the project up.
Perhaps it is like justice getting served for the botched version of Deadpool in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, which is currently in the No. 5 spot in the overall rankings with a global yield of $373 million against its $150 million budget.
Then again, there are still the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse and the still untitled 2017 Wolverine film looming in the background so it is possible that Deadpool would not hold the title for long, though it may also be unlikely considering the huge gap on the films' actual earnings.
Perhaps the next film that can really challenge Deadpool's position in the rankings is the planned sequel.
Until then, we will just have to wait a little longer to take Deadpool home on DVD and Blu-ray on May 10.
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