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 percent 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
"I just can't say enough about him," Aronson said. "Not just the
character, but promoting it. I feel great about this opening."
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 tentpole 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.
"Infinity War" was followed by Paramount Pictures' new release,
"Book Club." The romantic comedy -- starring Diane Keaton, Jane
Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen -- came in slightly
ahead of expectations, earning $12.3 million on 2,781 screens.
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The weekend's other newcomer, Global Road Entertainment's "Show
Dogs," landed in sixth place, only digging up $6 million from
3,212 locations. The family-friendly comedy garnered an A
CinemaScore. Its Rotten Tomatoes critical score didn't fare
quite as well, averaging a 26 percent.
Rounding out the top five are two film's sophomore frames.
Warner Bros.' "Life of the Party" rallied in $7.5 million from
3,656 locations. Domestically, it has made $30.9 million.
Universal's "Breaking In" secured $6.5 million on 2,537 screens.
In two weeks, it's earned $28.8 million.
In the specialty market, Focus Features' "Pope Francis - A Man
of His Word" opened with $480,000 on 346 screens for a per
screen average of $1,389.
"RBG," the documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, is still holding strong. In its third weekend, it
expanded to 375 locations for a three-day total of $1.28
million. That's a per screen average of $3,413. Magnolia
Pictures and Participant Media co-produced the film with
Storyville Films and CNN Films.
Thanks to a trio of superhero powerhouses, the domestic box
office is up 6.3 percent from 2017, according to comScore. The
weekend-to-date is up a staggering 62.9 percent, compared to
2017 when "Alien: Covenant" was the No. 1 film.
"A crowded powerhouse of a mid-May weekend benefitted from a
very diverse lineup of newcomers to appeal to almost every taste
and demographic," Paul Dergarabedian, box office analysis at
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