"Deadpool 2" pulled in $18.6 million on Thursday night at 3,785 North American locations: That's a new record for an R-rated film, topping the $13.5 million debut of horror film "It" last September.
Hopefully, no hard feelings between star Ryan Reynolds, who reprises his role as the foul-mouthed superhero, and Pennnywise player Bill Skarsgard, who costars as acid-spewing Zeitgeist in "Deadpool 2." Or Josh Brolin, who's in both "Deadpool 2" and "Avengers: Infinity War."
"Deadpool 2" is also expected to unseat "Avengers: Infinity War" from its three-week reign at the top of the box office, and to bring in between $130 million to $150 million this weekend. Playing on 4,349 screens, it's the widest launch ever for a Fox title.
In 2016, the first "Deadpool" movie racked up $132.4 million in its debut weekend, which remains the record for an R-rated title. (For now.) It went on to earn $363 million in North America and $783 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, according to Variety.
Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of Cable -- a genetically enhanced soldier from the future -- Deadpool realizes that he'll need some help saving the boy from such a superior enemy. He soon joins forces with Bedlam, Shatterstar, Domino and other powerful mutants to protect young Russell from Cable and his advanced weaponry. Read More