Ryan Reynolds makes his return as the Merc with a Mouth this weekend in Deadpool 2, which is on a trajectory for a $300 million-plus opening weekend at the worldwide box office.
According to Deadline, the Fox sequel is tracking toward a global debut of between $305 million and $350 million, with the domestic market accounting for between $130 million to $150 million of that. That gives Deadpool 2 a chance to pass the $132.4 million opening of the 2016 original to claim the record for highest-grossing U.S. debut for an R-rated film. The original Deadpool ended its theatrical run as the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time with a worldwide total of $783.1 million.
However, after its opening frame Deadpool 2 will face serious box-office competition from Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is projected to gross $150 million in its domestic opening next weekend..
"Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, Deadpool 2 boasts a Tomatometer score of 87 percent.
In theaters Friday 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.