Weekend Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Laid Waste to Competition
Deadpool 2 made $125.0 million domestically in three days while Green Lantern made $116.6 million throughout its entire run.
The Merc with a Mouth opened to a total of $301.3 million around the world, which is the 25th biggest launch ever and the biggest for an R-rated movie. The previous R-rated record holder was the first Deadpool movie, which made $264.7 million in its worldwide launch in 2016. Poor Logan sits in third place with a $247.4 million start.
While Deadpool 2 outpaced the first movie around the world, the first movie opened about 5.6% ahead domestically to $132.4 million. However, that first movie opened over the lucrative President’s Day weekend to no competition. Deadpool 2 comes after moviegoers are dumping a near record amount of money into Avengers: Infinity War and have a Star Wars movie opening next week they need to put money on.
The two Deadpool movies still have the two biggest openings in 20th Century Fox’s history domestically. Deadpool 2 has also greatly surpassed its $110 million production budget and its domestic opening is the eighth biggest in history for the month of May.
Avengers: Infinity War plunged 53.8% from last weekend with the opening of Deadpool. The superhero ensemble still took in an impressive $28.6 million this weekend, which is the seventh largest gross a movie has ever made on its fourth weekend of release. Black Panther places third on that list with a $40.8 million fourth weekend and the first Avengers movie is fourth with a $36.6 million fourth weekend. The first Spider-Man movie starring Tobey Maguire from 2002 comes in right behind Infinity War with $28.5 million.
The latest Marvel movie is now the eighth highest-grossing movie domestically with $595.0 million and is the fourth biggest worldwide with over $1.8 billion.
Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen were also no match for the superheroes. The counter-programming Book Club took in $12.5 million in its debut. That could be a nice break for Paramount, which acquired distribution rights for the United States, United Kingdom and France for $10 million, according to Deadline. Book Club could also play well against Star Wars this week and the Shailene Woodley-Sam Claflin drama Adrift the week after. But then there’s Ocean’s 8…
Melissa McCarthy took a hit with Life of the Party dipping 56.8% in its second weekend to $7.7 million. That’s a better hold than The Boss (57.8% drop) but not even as good as Ghostbusters (54.3%). Life of the Party is also pacing 22.6% behind what The Boss made in 10 days and 36.0% behind what Tammy did in 10 days. Both of those other movies are rated R and Tammy opened on a Wednesday so it wasn’t even done with its second weekend yet in 10 days. There’s a $30 million production budget to cover for Life of the Party before marketing and a total of $36.8 million at the box office.
Breaking In starring Gabrielle Union pulled in $6.4 million on its sophomore weekend, down 63.3%. The thriller only cost $6 million though and has already grossed $30.4 million worldwide.
Show Dogs was the third and final wide release of the weekend. The movie where Will Arnett lives in a world with talking dogs somehow didn’t demolish the summer box office and made $6.0 million in its debut. The budget is unknown. You should all be ashamed.
Next week sees the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Box office numbers come from Box Office Mojo. All numbers are estimates until Monday afternoon EST.