The box office reign of “Avengers: Infinity War” has come to an end thanks to a raunchy mercenary.

20th Century Fox’s R-rated superhero film “Deadpool 2” won the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $125 million opening weekend, according to Fox. That was enough to knock Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” off the top spot, which it held for three weeks.

Despite losing its crown, “Infinity War” is still a box office king. In less than a month of release, the superhero film, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, has made $1.81 billion globally. That makes it the fourth biggest global opening in history and the highest grossing superhero film of all time.

Despite losing its crown, “Infinity War” is still a box office king. In less than a month of release, the superhero film, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, has made $1.81 billion globally. That makes it the fourth biggest global opening in history and the highest grossing superhero film of all time.

This weekend “Infinity War” made $113.1 million around the world following its opening in the world’s second biggest movie market, China, last weekend. Disney is reporting that the film has crossed $300 million in China after just 10 days of release and is already the No. 4 western release of all time there.

As for “Deadpool 2,” which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul mouthed Marvel hero, it nabbed the second biggest domestic opening for an R-rated film ever behind its predecessor 2016’s “Deadpool,” which pulled in $132 million for its opening.

“‘Deadpool 2’ proves once again that when properly applied, the freedom that a R rating offers can be both creatively and financially fulfilling,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore (SCOR).

 

Deadpool 2 is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. In the film, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable.

Plans for a sequel to Deadpool began before that film’s release, and were confirmed in February 2016. Though the original creative team of Reynolds, Reese, Wernick, and director Tim Miller were quickly set to return for the second film, Miller left the project in October 2016 due to creative differences with Reynolds, and was soon replaced by Leitch. An extensive casting search took place to fill the role of Cable, with Brolin ultimately being cast. Filming took place in British Columbia, Canada, from June to October 2017.

Deadpool 2 premiered at Leicester Square in London on May 10, 2018 and is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 18, 2018. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised it’s humour and action sequences, with some calling it better than the first film, although the perceived ethnic stereotyping of supporting characters and a feeling of cynicism drew some criticism.

Two years after the events of the first film, Deadpool had become a worldwide working assassin killing various criminals and other people, including the head of a drug operation in his home city which he at first fails to kill. He later returns home to his girlfriend Vanessa Carlysle to celebrate their anniversary, when Vanessa says she’s ready to have a family with Wade. Later that night the drug lord attacks Wade at his home and in the process Vanessa dies. Wade chases the criminal through the streets and embraces him on the road as a truck runs into them and kills the drug lord.

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