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Deadpool Just Snagged a Significant Box Office Record

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Actor Ryan Reynolds attends AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss his new film "Deadpool" at AOL Studios In New York on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images) Slaven Vlasic--Getty Images

Ryan Reynolds' antihero flick has become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time

While the world watched to see how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would fare in its opening weekend, another movie quietly crept its way to box-office history. This past weekend, in its sixth week in theaters, Deadpool became the highest-grossing R-rated movie worldwide. Ryan Reynolds’ antihero passion project had a solid domestic opening of $132 million Valentine’s Day weekend, and by Easter it had raked in just south of $746 million, edging out The Matrix Reloaded, which had held the record since 2003 with $742 million.

The movie’s success has laid to rest the fears of those who believed its rating might negatively influence ticket sales. It had waffled between R and PG-13 ratings several times before landing on its final version. Now that the “Merc with a Mouth” has this record under his belt, he can set his sights on franchise domination: A sequel is already in the works, and if its predecessor is any indication, it might well boost the franchise past the billion-dollar mark.

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