'Deadpool 2' Off to a Roaring Start at the Box Office

'Deadpool 2' Off to a Roaring Start at the Box Office

May 21, 2018

Deadpool 2

Arriving barely two years after the unexpected success of the original, Deadpool 2 got off to a roaring start at the box office this past weekend. Opening in "a record number of theaters for an R-rated release," per Box Office Mojo, the superhero sequel earned an estimated $18.6 million in Thursday night previews, a record for an R-rated movie, and then smashed things up by making an estimated $53.3 million on Friday, another record for an R-rated movie.

How did the film perform on Saturday and Sunday?

Though the record-breaking did not continue through the weekend, Deadpool 2 still ended up earning an estimated $125 million, a very healthy total in the U.S. Adding in international earnings, the total rose to more than $301 million; considering that the reported budget was $101 million, that bodes well for Fox, which produced and is distributing the film.

What did critics think?

What's perhaps even more surprising is that the sequel scored very well with critics; right now, its score on Rotten Tomatoes is 83%, which is the same as the original. That doesn't happen too often with sequels. We'll see what happens this coming long Memorial Day weekend, when the foul-mouthed action pictures goes up against the family-friendly Solo: A Star Wars Story. At the very least, fans of high-flying adventures will have two great options.

How does it compare with Deadpool?

Opening on February 12, 2016, at the start of a long President's Day weekend, Deadpool scored more than $132 million in the U.S. Ultimately the film earned $783 million worldwide, against a production budget reported to be $58 million. As noted, critics responded to it in surprising numbers. It also benefited from a lack of competition in its first few weeks. 

When will we see Deadpool 3?

It's not official yet! As previously reported at Fandango, Ryan Reynolds is hopeful for something "down the line,' though still not committed. Writers and producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are more hopeful, however, and the box office returns should buoy that hope. It may be awhile before we can see it, though, since X-Force is slated to be the next movie to feature Deadpool and his friends.

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