Is Mel Gibson bulletproof? Daddy's Home 2 dominates the US box office

The grimly inevitable Mel Gibson comeback tour appears to have paid off, with his allegedly family-friendly comedy Daddy’s Home 2 grossing a larger-than-expected $30 million at the US box office.

Despite hopes that a post-Weinstein climate would make audiences slightly more discerning when it comes to their cinema preferences, the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg sequel was the highest-grossing new entry in its opening weekend, and a rare win in a year of notorious comedy flops.

The film, which saw the squabbling pair having to put up with their parents during the festive season, also grossed nearly twice as much as the previous weekend’s A Bad Moms Christmas – which oddly had the exact same premise.

Similarly irrelevant was the fact that Daddy’s Home 2 logged incredibly sour reviews, with IGN calling the film “mean-spirited, half-hearted, and unfunny”, and Vulture branding it “toxic”.

Gibson’s involvement also drew significant scorn, from a GQ piece criticising his “unearned redemption tour” to a Vulture story that in hindsight incorrectly suggested his casting may actually tank the movie entirely.

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