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Deadpool 2 Shatters R-Rated Thursday Night Record

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Wade Wilson has already reclaimed one box-office record.

Deadpool 2 soared to $18.6 million in Thursday night previews, passing the $13.5 million earned last year by It to seize the box-office record for an R-rated film. Of course, before the hit horror movie came along, the previous record belonged to Deadpool, which lurched out of the gate in 2016 with $12.7 million on its way to a $132.4 million domestic opening weekend.

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Rolling out today in 4,349 theaters across North America, the widest release ever for a Fox film, Deadpool 2 is projected to rake in somewhere between $130 million and $150 million this weekend, unseating Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War from its box-office perch.

The Ryan Reynolds film, which introduces Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino, and sets up a planned X-Force spinoff, could add as much as $200 million this weekend at the international box office. That's without the benefit of release in China, the world's second-largest film market.

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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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