Nowadays, it just seems commonplace that a new superhero movie is being released and it somehow is beating another superhero box office success that was revealed previously. This weekend the highly anticipated Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, did just that. While this movie is geared towards a more adult audience due to the abundance of dirty jokes, sexual humour, and graphic material – it still saw a spectacular opening and grabbed the number one spot.
The first Deadpool was released in mid-February, which gave the movie more wiggle room to generate more box office money. Though Deadpool 2 was released in May, a month that’s known for film competitiveness due to directors releasing more movies during the beginning of summer. Although the movie made less than the first Deadpool, the first one generating around $132 million and the second only $125 million, its nothing that should be overlooked as it made history as being the second biggest R-rated movie opening, easily beating the horror movie IT that was released last fall. The film managed to make an amazing $53.3 million on its opening night. Plus, with the factoring of forging sales, the movie in total has made $300 million while only have a reported budget of $110 million.
DeadPool 2 Was Set for Early June Release – Postponed
Originally, Deadpool 2 was set to premiere in early June, thrusting it into competition with The Incredibles 2 and Oceans 8. However, the date was pushed up into a more competitive time of the season. Instead, the film is not in competition with the upcoming film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which does not seem like it will fare well for Deadpool 2 in regards to numbers. While Deadpool 2 has had better reviews so far from critics than the upcoming Star War’s film, many dedicated fans are going to flock to the movie to review it themselves, which is going to steal a ton of attention away from the recently released Deadpool.
Regarding counter-programming, Book Club, directed by the well-respected Bill Holderman created the textbook definition of competition with Deadpool 2 – though it did as well as anyone would expect it too. Mainly, the film was marketed based on its four leading actresses: Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen. The movie managed to bring in a relatively good audience into theatres and made a whopping $12.5 million in sales. However, critics gave the movie an array of mixed reviews. However, the intent of the movie was not to have the same effect of Marvel’s Infinity War, but it did fare well in respects to the intent.
In less fashionable news, the future for the upcoming movie Show Dogs, created by Raja Gosnell does not seem as bright as the previously mentioned films. Gosnell has been a name that was tied to Scooby-Doo and the iconic Beverly Hills Chihuahua. However, the recent film has been recorded as being his second worst opening in his filmmaking industry. Which will always be second to the unsavoury decision to create Home Alone 3 without the star, Macaulay Culkin.