Mortal Kombat Trailer Breaks Record Previously Held by Deadpool 2 and Logan
Last week’s red band trailer for the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot has set a new record.
The viewership of Mortal Kombat’s gore-filled trailer has grown to 116 million, as reported by Deadline. This total surpasses the four-day mark of previous red band trailer viewership record holder Deadpool 2, which broke the record of fellow X-Men series entry Logan. Both of those movies had very successful theatrical runs, ending their domestic grosses at $324 million and $226 million respectively, and helped establish the idea that an R-rated superhero movie could be an out-and-out blockbuster.
Although box office totals are currently less telling of a film’s success with many theaters closed, the immense popularity of Mortal Kombat’s trailer bodes well for the film’s release in April.
The film’s official Twitter account celebrated the new record by posting a video compilation featuring Mortal Kombat fans reacting to the trailer.
The trailer gave viewers a first look at how various characters from the series would look in the film, climaxing with a showdown between Sub-Zero and Scorpion. It also showcased some decidedly R-rated violence, giving fans a taste at how the movie will honor the series’ long tradition of brutal fatalities.
— Mortal Kombat Movie (@MKMovie) February 25, 2021
Mortal Kombat was created by Midway in 1992. The series quickly spawned two film adaptations with Mortal Kombat in 1995 and its sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997. Mortal Kombat 11, the latest entry in the video game series, was released in 2019 and was named IGN’s best fighting game of the year.
For more about the upcoming movie, take a look at a who’s who of the cast to get familiar with the actors taking on these iconic characters.
Mortal Kombat will debut in theaters and on HBO Max (for 31 days) on April 16.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.