The first ‘Deadpool‘ film surprised everyone in 2016. After receiving great reviews and lots of ‘word of mouth’ marketing, the action-comedy made $132.4 million during its opening weekend, which was absolutely outstanding.
The sequel, Deadpool 2, is scheduled to hit theaters May 18, and according to the early tracking numbers, it could make $150 million during its opening weekend, which would be $20 million more than the original movie made.
“Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool 2 is tracking for a huge $150 million opening in North America over the May 18-20 weekend. Deadpool 2 came on tracking Thursday morning just as 20th Century Fox prepared to take the stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to plug its upcoming slate. With the Disney-Fox merger looming, it could be the last time that the studio has a standalone presentation at the annual gathering of theater owners.”
Honestly, I think (if the early reviews are positive) Deadpool 2 easily makes $150 million in its opening weekend, possibly even going over $160 million, which again would be huge because unlike most comic-book films, this franchise works with a relatively low budget, so a $150 million opening plays more like a $200 million opening.
The original film had a budget of just under $60 million.[mashshare]