‘Deadpool 2’ scores a winning debut weekend at the box office

It was a big weekend for Ryan Reynolds, as Deadpool 2 managed to score the second largest opening for an R-rated film in North American box office history. Here’s what went down:

After a back and forth weekend that’s saw estimates going as high as $150 million, Deadpool 2 managed to deliver $125 million to score the top spot at the box office. That’s slightly off from the original film’s $132 million debut, but still a very strong showing for this return engagement. The first film opened in February at a less crowded time, so the fact that Deadpool 2 performed nearly to par with it is nothing to look down at. It also scored outstanding reviews, which should help it maintain an audience (you can see my take and Scotty G’s as well for differing views). What will now be interesting is to see how it performs next weekend, when Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theatres for the US Memorial Day long weekend.

As for the rest of the top five, Avengers: Infinity War dropped to second place with $28.6 million, brining its four week total to an awesome $595 million. The film should top out around $650 million by the time it hits home video in the first week of July.

The adult-skewing Book Club debut in third place with $12.5 million, followed in fourth place by the Melissa McCarthy film Life of the Party with $7.7 million. Breaking In closed things out in fifth place with $6.4 million.

So, to recap, here were 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

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Deadpool 2 – $125 million
2) Avengers: Infinity War – $28.6 million
3) Book Club – $12.5 million
4) Life of the Party – $7.7 million
5) Breaking In – $6.4 million

Next weekend sees the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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