While plenty of R-rated comic book movies have been released throughout the decades, none of them managed to reach blockbuster status. Only a couple made over $400 million worldwide (300 and the surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service). Not even the highly entertaining and controversial Kick-Ass broke the $100 million mark.
But then Deadpool happened. It grossed $783 million worldwide, without even being released in China. This could have been considered a fluke, but Logan made $440 million worldwide in less than two weeks, proving that R-rated comic book movies really do work. And it proved something more: Those who enjoyed the PG-13 X-Men and Spider-Man trilogies of the 2000's have matured, and they're interested in something other than what Marvel and Disney, for example, have to offer.
There are quite a few projects out there that are rumored to merit R ratings. And they should – a smaller budget means that the creative teams have more freedom to come up with compelling stories, as Logan did.
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