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Box Office: ‘Deadpool’ Lures Advance Ticket Buyers

Box Office: 'Deadpool' Lures Advance Ticket Buyers

Fox is so high on the irreverent, R-rated Marvel property, which played well to fans at Comic-Con, that the studio green-lighted the sequel before “Deadpool” opens wide on February 12. That’s because the advance tracking is strong—the movie could top $60 million over the long holiday weekend which launched “Fifty Shades of Grey” to $93 million last year. “Deadpool”will be a huge hit for Fox, which got to make it because it’s R-rated; Disney gets the mainstream Marvel fare. This would mark the first R-rated blockbuster comic book movie. Fox also has movie rights to Marvel’s “X-Men,” so expect to see Deadpool in a crossover “X-Men” movie.

READ MORE: ‘Deadpool’ Review & Roundup; Ryan Reynolds Finds a Franchise 

”Deadpool” has been the #1 film in Fandango’s daily sales for the last two weeks and is outselling last year’s superhero debut movie, “Ant-Man,” at the same point in the sales cycle. 

Finally, Ryan Reynolds has found the Hollywood franchise role that has eluded him. After several attempts at scaling a comic book movie in Marvel’s’ “Blade: Trinity” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and DC’s horrific “Green Lantern,” Reynolds has landed a winner at last. With a raucous witty script by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”), Reynolds comes into his own as strange and sarcastic post-military mercenary Wade Wilson, who meets and falls in love with his match (“Homeland” star Morena Baccarin) before joining up with the wrong group of miscreants. 

They turn him into a guy who looks like “an avocado that had sex with an older avocado,” as his wise-ass bar owner friend  (well-cast TJ Miller) puts it. Now called Deadpool, covered up in a nifty red suit (that doesn’t show blood), our anti-hero not only has miraculous self-healing powers, but is set on revenge. The movie plays with his much-battered body, which flops and regenerates in amusing ways. 

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