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Deadpool Tops Pennywise, Breaks It's Box Office Record for R-Rated Film

After an impressive Thursday start, Deadpool 2 looks set to break yet another R-rated record with a massive Friday opening.

The sequel, which sees Ryan Reynolds return as the Merc with a Mouth, is estimated to have brought in $53 million yesterday, making for the biggest opening day for an R-Rated film; Friday's record opening includes the $18.6 million the film pulled in from Thursday showings. The previous record holder was It which opened to $50.4 million last year. Should the numbers hold, Deadpool 2 is looking at a possible $133.5 million weekend opening, narrowly beating out its predecessor's opening of $132.4 million two years ago.

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Deadpool 2 currently has an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is slightly higher than the first film's 83% rating, and an A cinemascore. With $133.5 million, Deadpool 2 will finally unseat fellow Josh Brolin film, Avengers: Infinity War, which falls to second place after four weeks. That film is expected to take in another $27 million this weekend stateside, bringing the latest Avengers film closer to $600 million domestically.

Internationally, Deadpool 2 is expected to take in approximately $200 million -- and that's without China in the mix. It'll be interesting to see how the film performs in the coming weeks as Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Film is expected to take over the box office next weekend with $155 million domestically.

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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.

(via Variety)

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