Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, joined the ranks of other successful movies grossing over $300 million while holding an R-rating, a feat only accomplished by a few other films.
Other movies in this category including Deadpool 2′s predecessor, Deadpool, The Passion Of The Christ, and American Sniper, as well as Stephen King’s It.
Even though the second film in the franchise didn’t do as well as the first one, it still managed to beat out other popular – or in this case, unpopular – summer blockbusters including Solo: A Star Wars Story. As it was previously reported, Solo underperformed in comparison to the expectations of Lucasfilm and Disney.
Deadpool 2 beat out the Star Wars film by over $100 million, proving to Disney that perhaps they have to change how they go about marketing and producing movies in the future, a fact they acknowledged for the upcoming Bobafett production.
Moreover, Deadpool 2 did better than Stephen King’s It at the international box office with a gross of over $700 million after six weeks. However, It broke records as it’s the only horror film to make that much money in such a short period of time.
What makes the Deadpool franchise so remarkable is its relatability to different age groups, including the older generation and millennials.
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According to Movio, who collects data on movie analytics, the majority of the Deadpool crowd was between the ages of 14-30. 66% of the moviegoers who saw the film were in that age group.
Additionally, Deadpool 2 did well with people in the age group over their fifties. It appears as though Wade Wilson, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, has figured out how to appeal to a wide demographic.
In case you haven’t seen it, the Deadpool films are known for their raunchy humor as well as action-packed scenes, where Ryan Reynolds makes culturally relevant jokes as well as slapstick remarks.