Deadpool 2 opened this past weekend, and it made lots and lots of money, but not as much as the first one did when it was released in February 2016. According to EW, the sequel pulled in $125 million in the US and Canada, finally pushing Avengers: Infinity War off the top spot for the first time.
The movie’s first-weekend performance came in below projections of $130 million to $150 million. Deadpool 1, by comparison, made $132.4 million for its opening two years ago. That movie set the opening-weekend record for an R-rated movie; Deadpool 2 is now No. 2 on that list.
Deadpool 2 made $176.3 million from overseas markets this weekend, pushing its worldwide haul to $301.1 million for its international debut.
Deadpool 2 reportedly cost around $110 million to produce. Critics seemed to enjoy the film, and it has a A rating on CinemaScore, which indicates positive word-of-mouth that should help box office performance continue strongly into the second and third weekends.
“Overall, Deadpool 2 mostly works for all the same reasons that the original did,” GameSpot reviewer Michael Rougeau said. “Reynolds carries the movie on his back–although this time around he should have shared the load a little more evenly with some of his talented co-stars, particularly Beetz and Brolin. But Reynolds’ Wade Wilson is just as charming as ever, in his own twisted way, and Deadpool 2 delivers the laughs, action, and gruesome maimings that fans want.”
In other movie news from the weekend, Infinity War pulled in $28.7 million this weekend in the US and Canada, pushing its domestic haul to $595 million. With a further $84.4 million from international markets, the Marvel superhero film has now made an astonishing $1.8 billion.
May 18-20 US/Canada Box Office:
- Deadpool 2 — $125 million
- Avengers: Infinity War — $28.7 million
- Book Club — $12.5 million
- Life of the Party — $7.7 million
- Breaking In — $6.5 million
- Show Dogs — $6 million
- Overboard — $4.7 million
- A Quiet Place — $4 million
- Rampage — $1.5 million
- I Feel Pretty — $1.2 million