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DeadPool 2 Beats Infinity War

Two female-driven films take third and fourth
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2018 12:09 PM CDT
DeadPool 2 Beats Infinity War
Director Bill Holderman, from left, actors Candice Bergen, Don Johnson, Mary Steenburgen and co-writer Erin Simms attend a special screening of Paramount Pictures' "Book Club," hosted by The Cinema Society, at City Cinemas 123 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in New York.   (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Superheroes ruled the weekend box office as DeadPool 2 ousted Avengers: Infinity War from its top perch, per Variety. The Ryan Reynolds sequel scored $133.5 million at home, beating the original's $132.4 million domestical haul and making it the highest-grossing R-rated debut ever. Infinity War banked another $27 million in the US and $84.4 million overall, bringing its global earnings to $1.813 billion, the fourth-highest ever, says the Hollywood Reporter. The female-driven Book Club with Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen took third ($12.5 million) followed by Melissa McCarthy's Life of the Party ($7 million) and Show Dogs ($5 million).

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