Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Smashes Record With $18.6 Million on Thursday Night

  • Variety
Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Smashes Record With $18.6 Million on Thursday Night
Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” has opened with a superheroic $18.6 million on Thursday night at 3,785 North American locations.

Deadpool 2” smashed the record for top preview gross for an R-rated film, topping the previous mark of $13.5 million, set by “It” in September.

Book Club,” meanwhile, took in $625,000 at 2,781 locations during Thursday previews.

20th Century Fox’s superhero sequel will end “Avengers: Infinity War’s” three-week rule, with forecasts in the $130 million to $150 million range on 4,349 screens for its opening weekend — the widest launch ever for a Fox title.

The original “Deadpool” stunned the industry two years ago with a $132.4 million debut weekend, which remains the record for an R-rated title. It went on to earn $363 million in North America and $783 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Reynolds returns as the wisecracking mercenary in the 11th title in the X-Men franchise. David Leitch replaced Tim Miller as director,
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