Initially slated for a June 1st release, Deadpool 2 was subsequently shuffled between Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story specifically to avoid a box office clash with the latter. Imagine the look on the face of director David Leitch, then, when he learned that his R-rated farce bested the opening weekend total of the Ron Howard-directed space western.
Well, we’ve now got the next best thing.
Earlier this week, we learned that, in addition to crossing the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office – a figure, mind you, Solo can consider a pipe dream, at best – Deadpool 2, having hauled in $125 million upon release, handily outshone the paltry $84.7 million earned by the spinoff on Memorial Day weekend.
To commemorate the achievement, we compiled a gallery of concept art and before and after VFX images from Deadpool 2, featuring Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beetz), Firefist (Julian Dennison) and of course, the Merc with a Mouth, for your viewing pleasure. Now, we’ve got yet another gallery, this time complete with hi-res stills highlighting Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Juggernaut, among others.
Although it ultimately fell short of achieving the highest-grossing R-rated debut, which is, coincidentally enough, held by its predecessor, Deadpool 2 does have another record or two lined up in the crosshairs: highest grossing comedy sequel of all-time (The Hangover: Part II, $587M), and biggest comedy sequel in North America (Meet the Fockers, $279M).
Whether it’ll hit either of those remains to be seen, but no one can deny that the Merc’s second solo outing has been a tremendous success and that the anti-hero has a very bright cinematic future ahead of him.