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Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool opened to an impressive $12 million Wednesday from its first seven international markets, no small feat considering it’s the first Marvel superhero film to be rated R or the equivalent thereof.
The raunchy movie — which begins rolling out in the U.S. on Thursday night — launched to $3.4 million in the U.K on Wednesday. That’s the fifth-biggest opening day for a Marvel title despite Deadpool‘s restrictive 15-rating, and the biggest for a Fox release that’s rated 15. For Imax theaters in the British Isles, it was the second-highest Wednesday opening behind Spectre.
In the U.K. and France, where it opened to $1.8 million, Deadpool came in well ahead of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, or 142 percent and 106 percent, respectively.
Deadpool broke records in Taiwan, setting the stage for a strong performance throughout Asia. The pic took in $1.4 million, the biggest opening day ever for a Fox release there. Including Monday and Tuesday previews, the film’s total earnings are already a hefty $1.7 million.
And it nabbed the top opening day ever for an R-rated film in the Philippines with $357,000, and for an M18-rated film in Singapore with $205,000.
Finally, Deadpool boasted the top opening day of all time for any superhero movie in Belgium with $270,000.
On Tuesday, Deadpool debuted to $650,000, the top gross ever for the Chinese New Year holidays, the top Fox opening day of all time and the top Imax opening day of all time.
In Australia on Thursday, Deadpool debuted to $2.1 million — the top opening day ever for the month of February and 105 percent ahead of last year’s hit, Fifty Shades of Grey — bringing its foreign cume to north of $14 million.
The big question is how massive the movie will be in North America over the long Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend. Fox is suggesting $65 million for the four days, while others think it could cross $70 million to score one of the biggest domestic openings of all time for an R-rated film.
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