'Deadpool' Closing in on Half a Billion and an R-Rated Box Office Record

"Deadpool" had another huge weekend at the box office as it closes in on becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

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Deadpool is about to change the game. The movie that had to fight like hell to maintain its R rating—and we're talking about a "hard R" with plenty of graphic violence, f-bombs and nudity—closed in on making half a billion dollars globally this weekend, according to Varietyand they're not even showing it in China where it was banned.

Studios normally shy away from going R when it comes to the big-budget superhero stuff because they're scared the audience for sex, dick jokes and gore isn't large enough to make money from. Deadpool's worldwide total of $497.1 million in only two weeks blows that theory right out of the water. Of course, the movie had to be good, too, and it is.

The film brought in $55 million of that second weekend haul in North America, pushing it past Passion of the Christ and Fifty Shades of Grey to make it the fastest R-rated movie to ever reach $200 million domestically, according to CNNwhich is also prediction that it won't be long before Deadpool becomes the top grossing R-rated movie of all time. Passion of the Christ currently holds that title with $611.9 million.

Some other movies came out this weekend, suffering from what's obviously horrible timing. The religious epic Risen came in third place domestically with $11.8 million, horror flick The Witch was fourth with $8.7 million, and Race, about Jesse Owens overcoming racism to run at the 1938 Olympics in Nazi Germany, was sixth with $7.3 million.

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