Ryan Reynolds' new action-comedy "Deadpool" swept the box office this weekend, grossing $135 million and expected to take $150 million before the end of Presidents Day Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported. The movie beat the record for highest-grossing Presidents Day weekend film, topping “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which had grossed $93 million in 2015.
“Deadpool” had been expected to bomb because of extreme violence and profanity, and studios did not want to make it. The film was produced for less than a third of what most superhero movies cost, and it out-performed all of the X-Men movies and “Iron Man 2,” in its opening weekend, according to the same report in the Wall Street Journal. The humor of the film is very dark and often self-referential, with the character Deadpool frequently poking fun at the superhero genre.
The film follows the story of Wade Wilson, a mercenary who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and agrees to undergo an experimental procedure by the evil scientist Ajax, after which he is transformed into a quick-healing killer with a disfigured face.
Here are some of the best quotes from what Variety called “a scabrously funny big-screen showcase for the snarkiest of Marvel’s comic-book creations.”
5. “Wow, this is such a big house, but it’s only the two of you here. It’s like the studio didn’t have enough money for another X-Men movie,” he said.
4. When Wilson’s girlfriend tells him they can fight the cancer after his terminal diagnosis, the ever-snarky character says: “You're right. Cancer's only in my liver, lungs, prostate and brain. All things I can live without.”
3. “You may be wondering why the red suit. Well, that’s so bad guys don’t see me bleed.”
2. “You just promise you’ll do right by me, so I can do right by somebody else. And please don’t make the super suit green — or animated,” Deadpool says as he’s being wheeled into an operating room in an apparent jab at Reynolds’ failed superhero movie “Green Lantern.”
1. When a representative of Ajax first approaches him and says the company can give him abilities beyond his wildest dreams, Reynolds’ character responds: “I’d say that you sound like an infomercial. Not a good one, like Slap Chop — more Shake Weight-y.”