'Deadpool 2' makes biggest foreign debut in history for an R-rated title

'Deadpool 2' hits $125m in box office opening

'Deadpool 2' topples 'Infinity War' with $125m domestically, $301m globally


Published: May 22, 2018 15:03:52 | Updated: May 23, 2018 16:26:04


Deadpool might not consider himself a superhero, but its latest installment is off to a powerful start.

The Marvel Comics film from 20th Century Fox debuted in North American with $125 million in 4,349 locations. That wasn’t enough to match the debut of its predecessor, 2016’s “Deadpool,” which had the biggest opening ever for an R-rated film with $132.4 million. The Ryan Reynolds-starrer bowed overseas with $176 million for a global weekend total of $301 million.

Although it debuted under estimates, “Deadpool 2’s” launch was nothing to complain about. It still secured the second-best opening for an R-rated film, as well as the third-biggest debut of the year behind Marvel blockbusters “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther.” It also secured Fox its second-highest opening weekend in history.

The sequel is still boasting a promising critical consensus, with an 84 per cent Rotten Tomatoes rating and an A CinemaScore.

“Deadpool 2’s” strong debut is a testament to Reynolds, according to Fox’s president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson.

Its opening was enough to crush “Avengers: Infinity War’s” reign on the domestic box office. After securing the No. 1 spot for three weeks, the Disney and Marvel superhero tent pole dropped to second place. Its fourth weekend haul was still impressive, reeling in $29 million from 4,002 screens. “Infinity War’s” domestic tally currently sits at $595.4 million.

Thanks to a trio of superhero powerhouses, the domestic box office is up 6.3 per cent from 2017, according to comScore. The weekend-to-date is up a staggering 62.9 per cent, compared to 2017 when “Alien: Covenant” was the No. 1 film, reports Reuters.

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