It's the Battle of the Marvel properties at the box office this weekend, as Avengers: Infinity War could finally be toppled by a foul-mouthed antihero in the form of Deadpool 2. According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, the sequel is on track to make $125 million (domestically) by the end of the weekend, plus $176 internationally, which would bring its current global intake to $301 million. That's a lot of chimichangas for the Merc With a Mouth, played by Ryan Reynolds. On Friday, it already shattered a record, writes THR, with $53.3 million, the most ever for any R-rated film in history.
Bigger in almost every way when compared to its predecessor, Deadpool 2 follows Wade Wilson after he's settled into his role as mercenary for hire. After a life-altering event drives him to try and kill himself, he becomes an X-Man and becomes a pseudo-mentor to a cocky young mutant by the name of Russell/Firefist (Julian Dennison). Add in a time-traveling biomechanical soldier by the name of Cable (Josh Brolin), who wants to kill Russell, and Deadpool puts together a team known as X-Force to protect the kid.
Chock full of A-list cameos, pop culture references, an R-rated soundtrack, and one humdinger of a post-credits sequence, the latest Deadpool deserves to teach Thanos a lesson or two at the box office. In any case, it's a win-win for Brolin, who stars in both Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War.
Infinity War's Friday haul was a pretty meager $7.2 million, but the 19th Marvel Studios project has been carrying the box office since it debuted nearly a month ago -- that's a solid month of total supremacy over every other film that dared challenge its quest to unite the six Infinity Gems. By Sunday night, the third Avengers is expected to have made $28 million in domestic sales and $113 million internationally, reports Variety. Even though it is falling to second place at the box office, it's still the fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time.