Second-biggest R-rated debut ever in North America.
Deadpool 2 debuted in first place at the domestic box office, dethroning Avengers: Infinity War with an estimated $125 million.
While 20th Century Fox’s sequel was previously projected to make $150 million in its opening weekend, estimates dropped throughout the weekend. After Saturday sales came in at $40.5 million—below expectations of $45 million or more for the day—opening weekend estimates dropped to $125 million, Deadline reports.
That said, Deadpool 2 is still on pace to have the second-biggest R-rated domestic debut of all time, as well as the second-largest opening ever for Fox in North America. The current leader in both regards is the first Deadpool, which earned $132.4 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office. The film had a record-breaking preview night, earning $18.6 million on Thursday.
Additionally, Deadpool 2 earned $176.3 million across 81 international markets, surpassing X-Men: Days of Future Past to set a new record with the biggest opening ever for Fox International. As noted by Deadline, the film also surpassed Logan with the biggest international debut ever for an R-rated movie. The global total for Deadpool 2 currently stands at an estimated $301.3 million. The movie was expected to make $305-$350 million worldwide its opening weekend.
For our thoughts on the film, read IGN’s Deadpool 2 review. If you’ve already seen the movie, check out the slideshow below for a spoiler-filled rundown of Deadpool 2’s many, many Easter eggs and references.
Meanwhile, Avengers: Infinity War surpassed Furious 7 to become the third-highest grossing movie ever at the international box office. Globally, Infinity War is now the fourth-highest grossing film ever (and the biggest superhero film of all time) with a worldwide total of $1.8 billion.
Here are estimates for the top 10 releases at the North American box office this three-day weekend, according to comScore:
1. Deadpool 2 $125 million
2. Avengers: Infinity War $28.7 million
3. Book Club $12.5 million
4. Life of the Party $7.7 million
5. Breaking In $6.5 million
6. Show Dogs $6 million
7. Overboard $4.7 million
8. A Quiet Place $4 million
9. Rampage $1.5 million
10. I Feel Pretty $1.2 million
Alex Osborn is IGN’s Web Producer. Find him on Twitter at @alexcosborn.