‘Deadpool 2’ dethrones ‘Infinity War’ with a $125 million opening and breaks single-day box office record for an R-rated movie

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“Deadpool 2.”
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  • “Deadpool 2” took in an estimated $125 million over the weekend.
  • The movie broke the record for highest-grossing opening day for an R-rated movie with $53.3 million on Friday.

“Deadpool 2” proved that the record-breaking success of the original in 2016 was not a fluke as the movie took in an estimated $125 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The latest adventure from Marvel’s most crude superhero wasn’t able to beat the original movie’s $132.4 million opening, which will remain the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time for an R-rated movie.

But it took in $53.3 million on Friday to break the record for biggest opening day for an R movie, surpassing last year’s hit, “It” ($50.4 million).

“Deadpool 2” pulled off this performance by living up to the lofty expectations of the franchise that came from Ryan Reynolds’ depiction of the Merc With a Mouth in the first movie, who wasn’t just a foul-mouthed hitman but was also armed with loads of meta jokes.

The sequel didn’t just have timely jokes, but more ultraviolent action than the first movie and a whole lot of Easter eggs. That led to the movie earning an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And it also helped that its studio, 20th Century Fox, put the movie on a whopping 4,349 screens (it was certainly gunning to break the record the first “Deadpool” set, but think the studio is still happy this morning).

The performance by Deadpool finally dethroned the top box office performer for the last three weeks, “Avengers: Infinity War.” The Marvel title from Disney/Marvel Studios came in second place with $29 million. That puts the movie’s domestic total at close to $600 million.

And coming in third place with an impressive $12.5 million is Paramount’s “Book Club.” Geared toward the older crowd with a cast headlined by Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen, the movie exceeded the $9 million to $10 million industry projections thrown at it going into the weekend.