The Merc With A Mouth is back to take all the money at the box office this weekend. How much will he manage to make off with? Here’s our prediction:
Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters with a ton of buzz and good will from an audience that absolutely embraced the character when the first film arrived back in the winter of 2016. The previous film made close to $400 million in North America alone, and broke box office records along the way. This time out, Ryan Reynolds is joined by Josh Brolin as fan favourite mutant Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino, in a film that is significantly bigger than the original. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, which should help Deadpool 2 arrive with a bang. Look for a first place debut with $156 million.
I had a chance to check out the Thursday night preview screening of Deadpool 2 and, while I enjoyed all the performances and the action sequences, I have to admit I walked out feeling fairly let down by the film. Not in “this movie sucks” sort of way – everybody works hard and delivers, and there are some fun shocks and set pieces. Instead, it felt as though what made the original so unique was now just another part of the film – the over the top violence and language that was so unexpected was dialed up even more, but for me seemed par for the course. The script was “ok”, but coming off a super hero film like Avengers: Infinity War, with real stakes and superior storytelling, Deadpool 2 left me entertained but underwhelmed. Oh, and to the parents or siblings who brought their under-10 charges into the theater last night, ARE YOU INSANE? Deadpool 2 is a hard-R for a reason, though maybe the 7-ish young girl sitting beside was mature beyond her years.
As for the rest of the top five, Avengers: Infinity War will drop to second place with $26 million. The adult skewing, female-friendly Book Club should offer up so solid counter-programming and debut in third place with $15 million. The kid-friendly Show Dogs will arrive in fourth place with $9 million, while Life of the Party will close things out in fifth place with $8 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Deadpool 2 – $156 million
2) Avengers: Infinity War – $26 million
3) Book Club – $15 million
4) Show Dogs – $9 million
5) Life of the Party – $8 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!