Vancouver-shot Deadpool 2 tops box office, spent over $100 million on production in B.C.

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      A Hollywood star from Vancouver swore his way to the top of the box office this weekend.

      Released on May 18, the Vancouver-shot Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds hauled in US$137.5 million in the domestic market as of May 21. Its opening three-day weekend total was US$125.5 million.

      Against a production budget of $110 million, its worldwide total was US$312 million.

      The rollicking release ended the three-week reign of fellow Marvel Comics–based superhero blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War (released on April 27), as the top film at the box office.

      Deadpool 2
      20th Century Fox

      In comparison, the first Deadpool movie, released in 2016, smashed records when it raked in US$135 million in North America on the Valentine's Day weekend.

      That film, which holds the record for the top R-rated movie opening, also spent $40 million in B.C. during its production period in Vancouver and around British Columbia.

      Deadpool 2, which features numerous prominent shots of Vancouver, was filmed here from June 26 to October 13, 2017.

      The Motion Picture Association Canada announced in a news release today (May 22) that, according to data released by 20th Century Fox, production on Deadpool 2 in B.C. entailed hiring over 3,700 local cast, crew, and extras.

      Expenditures included over $2 million on construction supplies, over $2 million on transportation and car rentals, over $1.4 million on catering and craft services, over $1.4 million on hotels, almost $900,000 on local wardrobe and dry cleaning, and over $500,000 on gas.

      In the news release, B.C. Premier John Horgan stated that the production spent over $100 million in the province.

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