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James Gunn Praises Deadpool 2's Opening Weekend Box Office With 'Grootpool'

Despite failing to top its predecessor, Deadpool 2 took the top spot at the box office this weekend with an impressive $125 million domestic opening, leading Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to congratulate Ryan Reynolds and crew on the film's success in a Groot-approved fashion.

In an unsurprising move, Deadpool 2 managed to knock Avengers: Infinity War out of the top spot in its fourth weekend, all while earning the second-biggest opening ever for an R-rated flick. And while the film didn't meet the initial estimates of $130 million at the domestic box office, it still managed to surpass $300 million worldwide, and that's without a China release. Congratulating those involved with the sequel, Gunn posted an adorable "Grootpool" on Twitter, along with a short message for director David Leitch, co-writer Rhett Reese, and stars Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin: "Enormous congrats to @VancityReynolds, @DavidMLeitch, @RhettReese, @missmorenab & company on Deadpool 2 opening to what looks like over $130 million this weekend. Keep the fun stuff coming!"

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While Reynolds has yet to respond to Gunn's tweet, the actor did respond to Warner Bros. after the studio posted a couple of tweets in response to the franchise's continued Green Lantern jokes. After the official Twitter account for Warner Bros. tweeted out an image of Tomar-Re from the Green Lantern film asking for the ring back, Reynolds, in his usual fashion, reminded the studio that, had they used NuvaRing, they wouldn't be "in this mess."

As the Fox and Disney deal looms, with the review process not expected to be complete until Summer 2019, it's unclear if a third Deadpool film will be made. However, should the House of Mouse opt to continue the franchise -- and it seems as though Disney CEO Bob Iger is interested in doing so -- it's more than likely we'll see the Merc with a Mouth continue to poke fun at the failed Green Lantern film.

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In theaters nationwide, director David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell and Josh Brolin as Cable.

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