Deadpool 2 Breaks Thursday Previews Record for an R-Rated Film

20th Century Fox‘s Deadpool 2 opened in domestic theaters last night and broke the Thursday previews record with $18.6 million, surpassing the the previous mark of $13.5 million set by IT last September. Deadpool 2 is expected to earn anywhere from $130 to $150 million in North America this weekend.

The original film opened to $132.4 million in February of 2016 and went on to gross $363 million domestically and $783 million worldwide.

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The David Leitch-directed film stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.