The film only recently secured a release in the country, which is an enormous international market for the film industry.
“Got my eye on you Underpants Building,” Reynolds wrote in an Instagram post. “Thank you to the incredible people of Beijing for inviting Deadpool onto your screens.”
China will be getting the edited, PG-13 edition of Deadpool 2. North American audiences saw this version of the film during the holidays as Once Upon a Deadpool. In China, the film will be released under the title Deadpool 2: I Love My Home.
Once Upon a Deadpool earned $6 million in the United States during its two-week run. Internationally, it grossed a bit under $1 million.
The R-rated original Deadpool 2 earned $734 million worldwide. With its R-rated and PG-13 releases combined, Deadpool 2 has earned $324.5 million domestic and $734.8 million worldwide.
The first Deadpool movie was never released into Chinese theaters. The film was too graphic for Chinese censors and the filmmakers felt that it was impossible to clean up the film without having to rewrite the entire plot.
“Yes, I know it’s taken a while, but I’m finally coming to China,” he says in the video. “I heard that all the boring superheroes like Wolverine, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Batman went to the usual spots — the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, a few roast duck restaurants. What a bunch of lemmings. Well, not me. I’m gonna meet the Monkey King, the Pandas in Chengdu, and the Dragon King in his crystal palace undersea. Don’t you try to stop me! I’ll see you soon, China.”
Deadpool 2 was meant to be to open up an entire R-rated subset of X-Men movies, with another Deadpool movie and an X-Force movie planned. Reports suggest that all of 20th Century Fox’s future X-Men plans have been scrapped as part of the acquisition of the studio by Disney.
Deadpool and X-Force creator Rob Liefeld responded to the reports by tweeting, “Pour one out for ol’ X-Force. “$800 million grosser easy.”
The X-Force movie would have reunited Reynolds’ Deadpool with Deadpool 2 antagonist Cable, played by Josh Brolin. A version of the X-Force team appears in Deadpool 2, but only Zazie Beetz’ Domino survives the experience.
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Upcoming X-Men movies include Dark Phoenix on June 7, 2019, The New Mutants on August 2, 2019, and Gambit on March 13, 2020.