Deadpool Burbles To Victory


A cornucopia of superheroes gathered at the local multiplex this weekend, squaring off in some sort of weird, meta, battle royale-like clash. In one corner, the A-list do-gooders from the Avengers, the three-time defending box-office champs. In the other, the R-rated upstart Deadpool and his own (admittedly derivative) X-Force team.

But even before the contest began, few had any doubts as who the real winner was: Marvel.

OK, so Deadpool 2 officially claimed the weekend’s box-office title (as expected). The Merc with the Mouth and his motley band of messy heroes banked an estimated $125 million in North America to coast to victory, likely swearing the whole way. Experts had expected Deadpool 2 to collect a little more cash (the original Deadpool cleared $132.4 million during its first weekend of work, and in the doldrums of February no less), but to complain about a $100-plus-million opening feels downright silly.

Avengers: Infinity War slipped to second this week, harvesting another $28.7 million from moviegoers and pushing its domestic total gross to $595 million.

But, of course, the real takeaway from the weekend’s contest is Marvel’s Thanos-like domination in moviedom right now.

Both the Avengers and Deadpool are Marvel properties, co-owned by Disney and 21st Century Fox, respectively. (We’ll set aside the fact that Disney’s in the process of purchasing Fox right now.) Those two superhero properties, combined with Black Panther’s utter hegemony earlier this year, show that the superhero genre is as strong with the public as ever. Collectively, these three movies have spent a total of two full months of 2018 at the top of the box office and have earned, worldwide, $3.4 billion. That just might be enough to rebuild Thor’s home planet of Asgard, quite frankly.

Another, less bombastic newcomer, Book Club, slid into third place with $12.5 million. No word yet whether that’ll be enough for the film to (ahem) cover its expenses.

Life of the Party and Breaking In landed in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Life collected $7.7 million, while Breaking In swept up another $6.5 million. That left Show Dogs, a surprisingly controversial talking-dog film, outside the top five. It finished sixth with $6 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Plugged In, if I may be so bold to ask, why do you guys review R rated movies? I read your review for Deadpool 2 and how painful it was for Paul to watch the film that it really begs the question as to why you guys review movies like that. Most people who use Plugged In for movie reviews are parents who are looking at a movie's content to see if it's appropriate for their family.

I know there are a lot of teenagers and adults without kids who use your website, but reviewing a movie like Deadpool 2 just feels like a waste of time on your behalf. Christians most likely won't want to watch Deadpool 2 (and if they do, they probably aren't true Christians), and reviewing Deadpool 2 anyways just feels unnecessary.

If there's a reason you guys review R rated movies that I'm not aware of, I'd like to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel that PluggedIn reviews R-rated movies because it is part of their mission to show the content concerns and bring awareness about certain movies to parents and adults/teens. Honestly, I have heard stories of people going to see the first Deadpool partly just to see the parents who had taken their kids realize in horror what they had done. There are many movies that you would look at and say "Why in the world would a parent take their child to this movie?" but then, a said parent doesn't know what is in it, and ends up making a mistake liking taking their child to see Deadpool. 
To reference a past controversy on PluggedIn, I was in favor of PluggedIn making the choice to ultimately review Fifty Shades of Grey. I never read the review, but I viewed it as a fulfillment of their mission statement. I knew there were many who disagree with that, but I honestly believe that that is why they review R-rated movies. I was in favor of them not reviewing the final film in that horrible series, as I don't think there was any need for them to do so. But, for the first movie, I think there was a need and that PluggedIn made the right choice. 
I hope this answers the question. I know I can be a bit round about at times, but this is what I think about the matter. 
Chuck Anziulewicz More than 1 year ago
I imagine PluggedIn reviews R-rated movies so that just in case there are some Christian moviegoers are interested in seeing them (WITHOUT the kids in tow), at least they have a Christian perspective on what they're in for.

And let's not forget that there are a LOT of R-rated films that are worth seeing:
The Lives of Others
Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare in Love
Schindler's List

And many more. There are movies that are rated "R" for content, not because the directors wants to corrupt anyone's morals. 
Hannah More than 1 year ago
Greetings from PluggedIn! Thanks for your question. You may find our Q&A, "Why do you review R-rated movies? Shouldn't the rating say everything I need to know?", helpful in answering your question. You can read our answer, along with other frequently asked questions, listed in the About Us section of our website.You can find it here: Many blessings to you.
seraph_unsung More than 1 year ago
I was going to say, I knew your staff had addressed this topic before. And frankly I think that over-emphasizing ratings is part of the problem—even some very well made Christian films like The Passion of the Christ and Silence would not qualify if a letter R is our cut-off point.  Actually I'd say that'd be a good topic for a blog post—"Don't just drag your children to this extremely violent movie just because it's a Christian movie (or superhero movie, for that matter, because I remember seeing children both at Silence and at Watchmen).  Age appropriateness still matters regardless of genre."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, there are many good R rated films that do not include bad things such as war movies. I could name many that do not include sexual involvement with them. Or strong language and are just gory in places. For example: Passion of the Christ, The Patriot, We Were Soldiers. And, to say that because someone watches certain movies that they are not Christian is slightly stepping out of bounds on your part. 
Sincerely ~ Tarzan Cabe