Despite breaking a few records, Deadpool 2 failed to top its predecessor’s three-day opening weekend box office haul.
Estimates originally had the highly-anticipated sequel looking at a $135 million opening, which would have put it slightly above the first film’s $133.5 million opening. However, even with a massive Friday debut, Deadpool 2 only managed to pull in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-best R-rated opening. That number, however, could drop a bit lower when numbers come in on Monday, depending on the film’s legs at the box office today, with Fox predicting an opening closer to $122-$123 million.
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Working against Deadpool 2 is the fact that it didn’t open over a holiday weekend like the first film. While the film could prove to have legs over Memorial Day weekend, it will also be going up against Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is looking at a massive $140-$170 million opening over the four-day weekend. Still, $125 million is an impressive feat for an R-rated flick and, unsurprisingly, the sequel and its predecessor, do hold the first and second place for biggest R-rated opening, topping It‘s $123.4 million opening.
Internationally, the film pulled in $176 million. That would give the film a global opening of $301 million. While that number does fall shy of the $200 million opening many had expected, a $176 million international opening is made all the more impressive by the fact that those numbers don’t include China. (Like with the first film, a release for Deadpool 2 is not currently planned in China.)
Big $301M global opening wknd for #Deadpool2 incl $176M from intl mkts.
Premium scrns incl IMAX delivered 24% of the gross.
A grade from CinemaScore
Budget $110M, hoping to beat $784M global gross of first #Deadpool.
— Gitesh Pandya (@GiteshPandya) May 20, 2018
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In theaters nationwide, director David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell and Josh Brolin as Cable.