The money keeps on rollin' in for "Deadpool," and it doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon. Entertainment Weekly predicts the R-rated hit will come in first place at the weekend box office, for its second week in a row.
EW foresees the movie making an estimated $55 million at the North American box office in its sophomore weekend, after earning a whopping $132.4 million -- over double what the site originally predicted -- from its debut.
Even with the film breaking box office records, the screenwriters -- who have been tapped to pen the sequel -- still insist that a big budget isn't necessary for "Deadpool 2," which is likely to co-star Cable.
Co-writer Rhett Reese told Collider, "I think if Cable and Deadpool team up, it will likely be in Deadpool's world. That allows us to control that budgetary thing a little more; I don't think we're gonna see Deadpool and Cable on some far-flung planet 300 years from now because I just feel like that's gonna be expensive, A, and will also take away from the relatability of Deadpool. I think at this stage in the game it's about taking other people and dropping them into this reasonably insular, gritty, urban, dark world of Deadpool."
Reese's writing partner, Paul Wernick, went on to call "Deadpool's" minimal budget an important part of what makes the film tick: "We don't want $150 million to go make the next movie, that's not Deadpool. Deadpool doesn't lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that's just not Deadpool. So we're happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don't wanna blow this next one out."
The first film's success was a major surprise for 20th Century Fox -- considering its R rating and February release -- but even more so dumbfounds competing studios. The chief of a rival studio (who was not named) told Deadline, "They did everything wrong and it turned out right."
Another observer, media analyst Paul Dergarabedian, added, "What works for 'Deadpool' may only work for 'Deadpool.'"
"Deadpool" is currently in theaters.