Box Office – Deadpool 2 knocks down Infinity War
It wasn’t supposed to go exactly like this.
Sure, Deadpool 2 opened with a solid $125 million domestic weekend, but expectations were that it could surpass its predecessor for the domestic, R-rated, opening-weekend record.
Deadpool earned over $132 million in February 2016, but the sequel failed to match or pass the mark, disappointing some projections and estimates.
Still, it’s rather remarkable that the Merc with a Mouth sits on the faces of all the R-rated period, gangster, sci-fi, sports, action, horror and comedy masterpieces with the top two opening-weekend performances.
Deadpool 2 boasts an ‘A’ CinemaScore, which measures audience response. Avengers – Infinity War similarly has an ‘A’ CinemaScore, which can also be an early indication of positive word-of-mouth and expected “legs” for a box office run.
Infinity War took the expected domestic box office hit with another Marvel superhero hitting the big screen. The superhero bonanza scored $28.7 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $595 million. That ranks it No. 8 all-time domestically, less than $30 million behind Star Wars – The Last Jedi. It would be the miracle of all box office miracles for Infinity War to pass Avatar at No. 2 ($760 million), though it still has a good shot at Black Panther ($698 million) at No. 3.
It won’t be easy, though, with Solo – A Star Wars Story, opening Thursday night.
Black Panther didn’t have to deal with much genre competition during its February-May run. Infinity War will have two huge films to compete with before it’s through its first month in theaters. Strangely, Deadpool 2 and Infinity War share Marvel as a partial studio home, and Solo and Infinity War share the same Disney umbrella.
The studios are feeding off of themselves. It will be interesting to watch how Infinity War’s box office is impacted by the other two films, going forward, and if the close release of Deadpool 2 and Solo will impact the way Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm staggers its release dates, going forward.
Infinity War dropped 53-percent from it’s box office take last weekend.
Infinity War is still doing amazing, overseas. The film added another $84 million internationally. It has now made $1.218 billion overseas and $1.81 billion worldwide (domestic added). That makes Infinity War the third-largest international (overseas, only) release, ever, behind the James Cameron dual threat of Avatar and Titanic. It is also No. 4 globally, behind the two Cameron films and Star Wars – The Force Awakens.
If it can withstand the double-onslaught of Deadpool 2 and Solo, and receive some divine help, Infinity War could pass The Force Awakens ($2.068 billion) and possibly even Titanic ($2.187 billion). However, a run at Avatar’s $2.788 billion worldwide record is way, way out of reach.
It is interesting to consider how much money Disney/Marvel has kept from Infinity War with the scheduling of Deadpool 2 and Solo, though both have little control over when 20th Century Fox wants to release the former.
At least for now.
Disney could still end up buying Fox, setting up a whole new world of scheduling conflicts (and costing a lot of people jobs).