'Deadpool 2' Kicks 'Infinity War' Out Of Top Spot With $125M Debut

"Deadpool 2" had the second best opening for an R-rated film of all time behind, you guessed it, the original "Deadpool."
Posted at 11:30 PM, May 20, 2018

Finally kicking Thanos and "Infinity War" out of the No. 1 spot is "Deadpool 2," bringing in an almost record-breaking $125 million in its first week out. I say "almost" because "Deadpool 2" had the second best opening for an R-rated film of all time. The original "Deadpool" still holds that title by more than $7 million. 

But as a consolation prize, "Deadpool 2" did have the best foreign box office debut for an R-rated film, pulling in $176 million. It stole that record from respectable X-Men.

"Logan" brought in nearly $160 million in its foreign box office debut last year. 

"Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War" still had better debuts than "Deadpool 2." But, Deadpool did have the third-highest debut.

Now, we all knew the Merc With a Mouth would be a moneymaker; afterall, the original "Deadpool" is the highest grossing R-rated film in box office history. 

What we didn't know is if this sequel could be as hilarious, original and critically acclaimed as its predecessor. 

"I was shocked by how much emotional heft this movie had. ... I liked this movie more than the first one," Matt Atchity said on "What the Flick?!"

While I'm not ready to call this the best comedy sequel of all time, "Deadpool 2" definitely manages to keep the critics happy, landing a 83 percent on the tomatometer. 

Falling to the No. 2 spot this week after holding on to first place for nearly a month is "Avengers: Infinity War," earning about $28.7 million in its fourth week out. "Infinity War" is slowly creeping toward the $2 billion milestone, but it's not there just yet. 

Taking the No. 3 spot this week in its silver screen debut is "Book Club," bringing in an estimated $12.5 million. This female-led, romantic comedy is about as anti-comic book adaptation film as you're gonna get, and that's exactly what Paramount Pictures was hoping for. "Book Club" beat box office expectations by at least $3 million.

Next week, Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian in "Solo: A Star Wars Story."