'Deadpool 2' Outscores Original in Test Screenings (Exclusive)
Deadpool 2, which doesn't open until May 18, is already scoring high marks.
The Fox film received as high as 98 in recent test screenings, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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The Ryan Reynolds-fronted sequel has been tested three times, with the scores for the first two screenings coming in at 91 and 97. The final test, which occurred in Dallas, tested two separate cuts simultaneously, which scored a 98 and a 94. The 98-scoring cut is the version the team is using, a source with direct knowledge told THR.
The crew attended the final screenings in Dallas, and a source in the audience of the 98 screening describing the environment to THR as being electric and akin to watching the Super Bowl.
It's worth noting the highest test screening the original Deadpool received was a 91, according to insiders. The film went on to gross $783 million worldwide and stands as the highest-grossing X-Men movie of all time.
Studios conduct test screenings of their movies by recruiting audiences, who are shown a cut of the film and asked to rate it using boxes marked excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. Studios also conduct followup questionnaires and discussions about the film.
Deadpool 2 underwent reshoots — six days' worth last month in Vancouver — to add more of what test screening audiences enjoyed. That's three days fewer than those done for 2016's Deadpool. There was also two hours' worth of work recently in Los Angeles for a secret cameo.
Deadpool 2 stars series newcomers Josh Brolin (Cable) along with Zazie Beetz (Domino) and Julian Dennison, as well as returning castmembers Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Stefan Kapicic (Colossus), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al) and Karan Soni (Dopinder).
by Graeme McMillan
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