It’s being reported that Deadpool is now officially the highest grossing R rated movie of all time. Well, not all time. Only since 1968 when the MPAA codes started. What does this mean exactly? Is there a new generation of foul mouth, violent super hero movies full of boobies on the horizon? Before the motion picture studios start thinking the R rating is the new money maker (Warner Bros., we’re looking at you) let’s look at the numbers.
BoxOfficeMojo, who get granular with ticket data to the point of obsession, breaks it down. Yes, Deadpool is the number one R rated movie worldwide. Domestically for R movies it’s third, behind American Sniper and The Passion of the Christ but in front of the The Matrix Reloaded and The Hangover. Adjust domestic gross for inflation and Deadpool is the 19th highest grossing R, right behind Saturday Night Fever. 1973’s The Exorcist is first.
That’s a list of a whole bunch of movies that really have nothing in common other than a few involve Bradley Cooper and religion.
Now let’s look at all time worldwide and it follows X-Men: Days of Future Past and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Maybe the producers shouldn’t start turning to the R to make cash just yet. In that list ‘Pool ends up 68th which makes him poised to be overtaken and become good old 69.
Isn’t that really the number our anti-hero is shooting for all this time?