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Deadpool & Wolverine could obliterate box office with record-breaking implications for an R-rated movie

Jun 15, 2024 12:19 AM IST

Six weeks ahead of Deadpool & Wolverine's theatrical premiere, reports suggest R-rated Marvel film could record a record-breaking opening of $200M+.

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman's goofy team-up would inevitably churn out all-time-high demand for Deadpool & Wolverine. But who knew the numbers would drop even before the insanely anticipated movie's actual premiere date?

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds in a still from the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer,
Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds in a still from the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer,

Marvel's first R-rated MCU movie is more than ready to set a precedent unlike others by making and breaking records unknown. Deadline brought to attention a new report by The Quorum, a platform dedicated to distributing pre-release film tracking to the general public, which implies that the upcoming trailblazing hit is already estimating a projection of a $200-$239 million domestic opening in the US.

Deadpool & Wolverine's opening box office projection

Why is this such a pressing issue? Firstly, the dying box office economy has rarely witnessed a breakthrough hit shoot through the roof with such massive numbers in recent times. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's Bad Boys: Ride or Die turned out to be quite the unexpected early bloomer despite being left out of the box office conversation initially, as it generated a whopping boost for the box office by domestically opening to $56 million.

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Secondly, no other R-rated movie has ever opened to a $200M debut before. Therefore, the supposed Deadpool threequel, which functions as its own set aside from the movie series, is ready to bust out an exceptionally divergent path.

The first Deadpool film currently holds the domestic box office record for an R-rated opening, which recorded $132.4M in February 2016. However, those figures can't be credited to the MCU since the upcoming buddy flick is credited as Deadpool's official entry into this side of the Marvel universe, with Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox quite late in the game.

Suppose the estimated number is officially delivered with the film's theatrical release on July 26. In that case, it may also be touted as the highest opening of the summer, defeating even Disney/Pixar's Inside Out 2 estimated opening of $100M debut this weekend.

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According to Quorom, Deadpool & Wolverine also holds the highest PLF score, which means that viewers are already in line with their elite wishes to watch this film in a premium format.

At the moment, the numbers show that while 66% of people are interested in seeing the film, 61% would prefer to watch it in a theatre, and 77% are willing to pay to watch it. In addition, the forthcoming outlandish Deadpool film premiere's projections hold the potential to rise even beyond the current estimations.

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