Avengers: Infinity War has been a record-shattering box office juggernaut, just yesterday becoming the fourth highest grossing film of all-time with $1.68 billion (only Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens have done better) but there’s another Marvel hero looking to take the number one spot who even the mighty Thanos might not be able to eliminate this weekend: Deadpool. (Be sure to check out our review of Deadpool 2.)
Deadpool 2 opened in domestic theaters last night and broke the Thursday previews record with $18.6 million, outperforming previous record holder It ($13.5 million). Per Box Office Mojo:
With Deadpool 2 expected to top this weekend’s box office, it will be the ninth weekend out of the twenty so far this year that a Marvel comic adaptation has served as the #1 film at the weekend box office.
Debuting in 4,349 locations, the film is the widest release ever for an R-rated film (topping It‘s 4,103 theaters) and the widest release ever for 20th Century Fox, topping the 4,253 theaters How to Train Your Dragon 2 debuted in in June 2014. The size of the film’s footprint says a lot about the audience and exhibitor appetite for the foul-mouthed antihero as it takes aim at topping the first film’s record-setting $132.4 million opening for an R-rated film.
Deadpool 2 is currently leaning towards between a $130-150 million opening weekend, which puts it neck and neck with the record setting first film.
Will you be seeing Deadpool 2 this weekend? Can the Merc with a Mouth topple the Mad Titan and the Avengers’ Infinity War? Sound off in the comments.