Ryan Reynolds' irreverent superhero took down the Avengers for the first time since Avengers: Infinity War released.
Disney/Marvel's Infinity War may have slipped to second place for its first time since releasing, but it still earned enough this weekend to become the 4th largest global release of all time. Its main competition was Deadpool 2, the sequel to the surprise 2016 action/comedy.
Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, follows in line with its predecessor as a rare R-rated superhero offering. After opening to records with Thursday night viewings and Friday all-day numbers, the film failed to keep the momentum, opening to $125 million. That puts it as the second largest R-rated opening weekend of all time, just behind original's $132 million and just ahead of last year's It, which opened to $123.4 million.
Paramount released Book Club this weekend, hoping to pick up where Deadpool's audience left off. The film, starring Hollywood heavyweights Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda, opened to a modest $12.5 million. The film will not reach the top during its run, but it has enough stamina to build some legs throughout the next month.
The only other major release was family film Show Dogs, featuring Ludacris and Will Arnett. Its $6 million debut wasn't enough to keep it from also breaking some records, including now sitting as one of the worst openings of all-time for a film debuting in over 3,000 theaters.
A surprise stay in the top ten is documentary RBJ, which continues to shine in its third weekend. The film earned another $1.28 million and is on pace to enter the list of 50 highest-grossing documentaries of all time.
For limited release, Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (which premiered at Cannes last week), took in $480,000. A re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey brought in $200,000 from just four theaters. And, On Chesil Beach, starring Saoirse Ronan, opened with $9,141.
Coming up this weekend, all spots on the top ten are open as Solo: A Star Wars Story barrels into the summer box office race. This could be the antidote to seeing Deadpool 2 earn a repeat first place win.
(bold signifies a new release)
1. Deadpool 2 - $125.5 million
2. Avengers: Infinity War - $29.4 million
3. Book Club - $13.5 million
4. Life of the Party - $7.6 million
5. Breaking In - $6.8 million
6. Show Dogs - $6 million
7. Overboard - $4.6 million
8. A Quiet Place - $3.9 million
9. Rampage - $1.5 million
10. RBJ - $1.25 million