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Deadpool 2 Scores Second-Highest R-Rated Opening Ever

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Deadpool 2 easily won the box office during its opening weekend, scoring one of the biggest R-rated debuts in movie history. Expectations were high for the sequel, particularly after the 2016 original became a surprise critical and commercial smash. Fortunately, it looks like Deadpool 2 has delivered on all fronts. After earning the Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film then went to work rewriting the record books, setting new all-time marks for its Thursday night previews and opening day. There was no question it was set for a massive haul.

Just how big those numbers got, however, was open for debate. Early projections for Deadpool 2 were all over the place, with estimates predicting anything between $100 million and $150 million during its first three days. Fittingly, the comic book movie ended up right in between those two figures as it got off to a strong start.

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Per Box Office Mojo, Deadpool 2 grossed $125 million this weekend, which is the second-highest opening for an R-rated movie in the U.S. The only movie the sequel trails, of course, is the first Deadpool, which earned $132 million in its first frame. And even though Deadpool 2's budget was nearly double its predecessor's ($110 million vs. $58 million), the film is still in sound financial shape. Thanks to a global opening of $301 million, Deadpool 2 has already turned a minor profit for Fox and can now spend the rest of its run padding totals.

Reception probably isn't the culprit for the lower opening weekend (Deadpool 2 earned an "A" CinemaScore). We can most likely blame competition. Whereas the first Deadpool ran unopposed during the February doldrums, the sequel arrived just a few weeks after Avengers: Infinity War, which continues to do decent business. Obviously, Wade Wilson took away several viewers from Earth's Mightiest this weekend, but the MCU phenomenon still grossed $28.6 million and came in second place, raising its domestic total to $595 million. It'll be interesting to see how things shake out when Solo: A Star Wars Story crowds theaters even more this week. The spinoff is projected to break some records of its own, but there's only so much money to go around.

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Rounding out the top five this weekend were new comedy Book Club ($12.5 million), Life of the Party ($7.7 million), and Breaking In ($6.4 million). All three played as counter-programming to the major Hollywood tentpoles, doing the best they could to appeal to their respective niches in the shadow of superhero blockbusters.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

Key Release Dates
  • Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
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