Weekend Box Office: 'Deadpool 2' Laid Waste to Competition

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Laid Waste to Competition

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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.

That X-Force movie is sure to be on the way.

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.

Petey is our resident movie buff who writes not only a variety of movie reviews but also keenly follows what's out on Blu-Ray each week. If you want to know something about a movie ask Petey, he's either seen it or know's about it. Petey is a very talented young writer who is very passionate about the movie industry and takes pride in covering the movies he chooses. You can always count on Petey's review as honest and as a guide for the feel of the movie.

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