'Deadpool 2' Will Conquer the Weekend

The Merc with the Mouth is going to dominate the upcoming weekend, no doubt about it. Deadpool 2 should be able to easily topple the Avengers from the top of the box-office heap. The sequel is almost certain to give up the crown next weekend, when Solo: A Star Wars Story debuts. Han, Chewie and Lando will likely be the winners over the Memorial Day holiday (which is not this coming weekend, contrary to the Hollywood Reporter story below).

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

More than two years after Ryan Reynolds' Merc With a Mouth transformed into a box-office sensation, Deadpool 2 is hitting theaters around the globe.

In North America, the 20th Century Fox sequel has a chance of posting a record Memorial Day weekend with $140 million or more, besting the $139.8 million, four-day opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, not adjusted for inflation.

Overseas, Deadpool 2 is opening in most major markets timed to its U.S. launch — one major exception is China — for a projected foreign debut well north of $100 million.

Reynolds reprises his role as Deadpool in the follow-up. He produced the sequel and co-wrote the script with his Deadpool collaboraters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

In February 2016, Deadpool debuted to a massive $132.4 million, the best launch ever for an R-rated film. (The sequel is likewise rated R.)

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, follows the irreverant superhero as he forms an X-Force posse in hopes of stopping the evil Cable (Josh Brolin). Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand and Jack Kesy co-star.

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The sequel will easily shoot to the top of the summer box-office chart, which Disney's and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War has ruled so far.

Currently, Deadpool 2 boasts an 86 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, ahead of Deadpool's 83 percent score.

A pair of smaller films also open nationwide this week; Paramount's female-fronted Book Club and Global Road's family offering Show Dogs.

Get the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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