‘Deadpool 2’ Slays a $125M Opening Weekend
Deadpool 2 isn't kidding around at the box-office
“Deadpool 2” is the big release this weekend but it wasn’t the only film to hit theaters nationwide. While most studios decided against challenging the box-office favorite, the comedy “Book Club” and the family-comedy “Show Dogs” took on the wisecracking merc. At the limited box-office, possible award-winners like “First Reformed” and “On Chesil Beach” opened in several theaters, giving everyone an option to see their favorite genre this weekend. The following weekend will be a real showdown at the box-office, with “Deadpool 2: Week 2” taking on the new Star Wars spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that “Deadpool 2” won the weekend but it’s nice to see the fan-favorite doing so well during the film’s debut. Deadpool 2 brought in over $125M across 4,349 locations nationwide, which is just shy of the record that the first film landed. The original “Deadpool” released back in 2016, the film’s $132M opening weekend set a new ‘R-Rated’ record, and the film went on to gross over $363M for the studio. The original installment made over $783M worldwide, which is pretty good considering that the studio had originally canned the project entirely. “Deadpool 2” was directed by David Leitch, the film stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, and Morena Baccarin. It’s still early, so there’s a chance that Deadpool 2 can break the record, we will just have to wait for the actuals on Monday.
The new Deadpool release was enough to knock “Avengers: Infinity War” to second-place this weekend, but the Marvel hit still brought in $28.6M across 4,002 locations. The latest Avenger’s installment has already made over $595M domestically since the film’s debut four-weeks ago. “Avengers: Infinity War” was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film features Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Linda Cardellini, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Bettany, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Cobie Smulders, Bradley Cooper, Peter Dinklage, Jeremy Renner, Angela Bassett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, and Don Cheadle.
Paramount’s “Book Club” had a solid $12.5M opening across 2,781 locations this weekend. “Book Club” was directed by Bill Holderman and the film stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. The Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “Life of the Party” dropped to fourth-place on the film’s follow-up weekend, only bringing in $7.7M across 3,656 locations. The comedy has now grossed over $31M for the studio since the film’s release two-weeks ago. “Life of the Party” was directed by Ben Falcone, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, and Debby Ryan. Universal’s thriller “Breaking In” also dropped this weekend, the thriller only made $6.4M in the film’s follow-up weekend. That is enough to raise the film’s two-week total to $28.7M domestically. “Breaking In” was directed by James McTeigue, the film stars Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, and Richard Cabral.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is “Show Dogs,” which seems to be a rare-miss for Will Arnett in the family-comedy genre. “Show Dogs” debuted at number-six on the domestic charts this weekend, only bringing in $6M across 3,212 locations. “Show Dogs” was directed by Raja Gosnell, the film features Alan Cumming, Natasha Lyonne, and Will Arnett.
Over on the limited-release schedule the film “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” had the highest opening gross this weekend, bringing in $480K across 346 locations. Warner Bros. Pictures’ “2001: A Space Odyssey” re-release had the highest average this weekend, making $200K across 4 locations. A24’s thriller “First Reformed” also had a great debut, bringing in $100K across four locations. “First Reformed” was written and directed by Paul Schrader, the dramatic-thriller stars Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, and Cedric the Entertainer. “On Chesil Beach” also debuted this weekend, the film opened in four locations and grossed $9K domestically. “On Chesil Beach” was directed by Dominic Cooke, the adaptation stars Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, and Anne-Marie Duff.
It will be very interesting to see if “Deadpool 2” can win next weekend as well. As we mentioned earlier, Disney is set to release “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and the film is landing in over 4,000 locations nationwide. Disney is hoping that “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will set a new spinoff record for the studio, the current winner is the franchise’s first spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which opened with a $155M domestic debut back in 2016. If you still haven’t secured your tickets yet, you’re running out of time. You can grab your opening weekend Solo tickets at online retailers like Fandango.com.