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“Deadpool,” a loose-limbed comic book adaptation, ravaged the President’s Weekend box office, torpedoing records and re-igniting the career of star Ryan Reynolds.
Filmed for an economical $58 million, the 20th Century Fox release has already made back its production budget and then some, racking up $135 million over its first three days in theaters. It could make $150 million over the four-day holiday. That easily surpasses the previous President’s Day weekend and February record holder, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which set a high-water mark with its $85.2 million debut last year. It also stands as the biggest ever bow for an R-rated movie, sailing past “The Matrix Reloaded’s” $91.8 million launch.