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''Deadpool 2' Storms to the Top of the North American Box Office
May 21, 2018 by: WENN
The Deadpool sequel has scored the second-best opening for an R-rated movie in North America.
Deadpool 2 has picked up $125 million in its opening weekend at the North American box office, falling $7 million short of the record set by Deadpool in 2016.
It's also the second-best opening ever for a 20th Century Fox movie after Deadpool.
The sequel, starring Ryan Reynolds, shattered Thursday debut records at the North American box office, becoming the first R-rated movie to pass $18 million on its opening night.
Deadpool 2 easily beat out It, which raked in $13.5 million last year.
The sequel expanded to 4,349 theaters across North America on Friday, making it a record wide release for an R-rated title.
Meanwhile, according to Box Office Pro, Deadpool 2 has set a new overseas record for an R-rated movie, raking in an estimated $176.3 million outside of North America--that's $44 million more than the original Deadpool made overseas to set the mark.
The film is not expected to rule the global box office for long as the new Star Wars juggernaut, Solo: A Star Wars Story, is scheduled to hit cinemas in the U.S. and Canada this coming weekend.
Meanwhile, Avengers: Infinity War drops a spot to two, falling just short of the $600 million mark overall following a fourth weekend $28.2 million (haul at the box office, and Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen's new comedy Book Club debuts at three with $12.5 million.
Melissa McCarthy's college comedy Life of the Party and Gabrielle Union's thriller Breaking In round out the Top 5, while Show Dogs, the Overboard remake, A Quiet Place, Rampage and RBG complete the new Top 10.
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