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Moviegoers Want Their Superhero Blockbusters R-Rated, Survey Finds

The success of ”Deadpool“ was no fluke, according to those polled by Fandango ahead of ”Logan“ opening

With 20th Century Fox’s hard R-rated “Logan” expected to do big numbers this weekend, Fandango conducted a survey asking moviegoers if they like their superheroes “Deadpool”-style, loaded up with sex and violence. The answer? A resounding yes.

According to the findings, 71 percent of those polled said they want more R-rated superhero blockbusters. Eighty-six percent said they’re eager to check out “Logan” because it promises a “more violent R-rated X-Men movie.” “Logan” is the first R-rated film in the X-Men franchise.

Fandango surveyed 1,000 “Logan” ticket buyers to garner the results.

Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart’s final X-Men movie is poised for an opening weekend of $80 million, launching the start of a very busy March that sees the release of a slate of blockbusters, including “Kong: Skull Island” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Last year, Fox set a box office record for R-rated movies with “Deadpool,” which raked in an astonishing $132 million in its first weekend before ending its U.S. run with $363 million.

The R-rated superhero pics that came before it, including “Watchmen,” “Kick-Ass,” the Blade movies and “The Punisher,” didn’t come close to matching that record. The most successful of the lot, “Watchmen,” topped out at $185 million globally.

“Logan” isn’t as joke-filled as the Ryan Reynold’s-starring hit, but it’s said to be just as gory.

The James Mangold directed film opens on Thursday on an estimated 4,071 theaters — marking the largest R-rated release ever in the U.S.

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