‘Deadpool 2’ Could Break Record for Top Opening Weekend for an R-Rated Movie

This year has been a whirlwind for box office records, though the success has mainly focused on two Marvel releases so far: Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. If you didn’t expect Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool 2 to arrive and shake everything up, you probably just weren’t paying enough attention. A new report from The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the highly anticipated sequel is poised to break at least two box office records for the opening of an R-rated movie.

The movie’s Thursday night preview earned it an impressive $18.6 million from 3,785 theaters, setting a record for an R-rated movie. With that solid opening, Ryan Reynold’s sequel is on course to make $52 million on Friday, totaling up to a projected total weekend return of more than $130 million.

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