Big ‘Deadpool’ debut annihilates ‘Fifty Shades’ record, more

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The R-rated “Deadpool” has taken the box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days in theaters according to comScore estimates Sunday.

The Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed superhero, easily trounced last year’s record-setting $85.2 million February debut of the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It also became the biggest R-rated opening ever, surpassing “The Matrix Reloaded,” which opened to $91.8 million in May of 2003.

Coming in a distant second was last weekend’s No. 1 film “Kung Fu Panda” with $19.7 million. In third place, the Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson rom-com “How to Be Single” opened to $18.8 million, while the dismally reviewed Ben Stiller vehicle “Zoolander 2” debuted in fourth to only $15.7 million.