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Vancouver-filmed Deadpool 2 earns US$125 million opening weekend

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Kenneth Chan May 20, 2018 9:59 am 3,194

The sequel to Deadpool raked in US$125 million in North American box offices over the opening weekend, making the action-comedy flick the second-best opening for an R-rated film.

Deadpool 2 came slightly short of its predecessor, 2016’s Deadpool, which saw US$132.4 million. But it was able to dethrone Avengers: Infinity War; the Disney and Marvel blockbuster topped domestic box offices for the past three weeks, and was still able to gain an impressive US$29 million this weekend.

With Ryan Reynolds returning as the merc with a mouth, the film is the third largest debut of the year, just behind Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther.

As well, this 20th Century Fox production is the second-largest opening for an adaptation of a Marvel Comics property that is not part of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In overseas markets over the opening weekend, Deadpool 2 is anticipated to earn between US$175 million and US$200 million, pushing the opening total global haul to possibly at least US$300 million.

It remains to be seen whether the sequel can top the original’s final worldwide gross of $783 million.

The film also had the widest release for an R-rated film with 4,349 locations in Canada and the United States.

Critics have given the sequel strong acclaim, with an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – tying with the original – based on 234 reviews. Daily Hive film reviewer Trevor Dueck also gave the film four out of five stars.

The end credits of Deadpool 2 include a special message that reads, “In memory of Sequana Harris.” Harris, also known as Joi ‘SJ’ Harris’, died in a motorcycle stunt accident while filming a scene on Canada Place Way near Jack Poole Plaza on August 14, 2017.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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