The Merc with a Mouth and Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Each icons in their own way, these two characters are both excellent at murder and absolutely kill it at the box office despite their R ratings. Last year, Stephen King's IT floated to great heights at the box office, breaking records and landing on the horror and R-rated all-time lists with its $700.3 million worldwide haul. But Pennywise couldn't hold onto all of its spots for long, as now Deadpool 2 has surpassed IT to become the third-highest grossing R-rated film of all time.
Deadpool 2, which is still in the top 5 at the domestic box office over a month since its release, crossed $700 million over the weekend, according to Deadline, bringing its worldwide total to a whopping $705 million. That is good enough to shoot out Pennywise's Deadlights and pass IT to become the #3 R-rated movie of all time. Still ahead of Deadpool 2 on the worldwide R-rated charts are The Matrix Reloaded at #2 with $742.1 million and the first Deadpool at #1 with $783.1 million. It seems unlikely that Deadpool 2 will have quite enough juice left at the box office to overtake either of those movies, but Wade Wilson owning two out of the top three spots on the all-time list is pretty good and basically makes Deadpool the most successful R-rated franchise ever.
Deadpool 2 has performed well both domestically and abroad with its current box office split being $304.1 million domestic and $400.9 million from foreign receipts. The Ryan Reynolds-starring sequel also nabbed Fox International's biggest opening of all time with $176.3 million, surpassing the studio's PG-13 mutant film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. In addition to ripping on Wolverine in the movie itself, Deadpool 2 also defeated Logan at the box office to become the highest-grossing international debut for an R-rated film. All of this is made more impressive by virtue of the fact that Deadpool 2 and its predecessor did not open in the increasingly large and important Chinese market due to censorship laws. So even without China, Deadpool 2 still managed to break records. It should also be noted that IT wasn't released in China either.
Although he has been knocked down a peg for now, Pennywise will have another chance to go for Deadpool's box office crown when IT: Chapter 2 hits theaters. The sequel will complete the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's tome and will again be directed by Andres Muschietti. Production has already begun with an all-star cast, as IT: Chapter 2 is set for release on September 6, 2019.
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