Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 out? That was the same question i was going to ask myself then i realized we’re far past April 19th, the initial release date. According to Deadline, This is the same late-April sweet spot that has seen Disney release such Marvel tentpoles as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Iron Man 3.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was recently released in Hollywood (domestic) and the rest of the world, including China but not yet Japan and most parts of the world as well, pressing play on Awesome Mixtape #2 this coming week. It’s expected to continue to outperform the previous film with China potentially playing a pivotal role. The market was tops on Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, even after the movie released more than two months later than the rest of the rollout. It still charmed the PROC with $96.5M to lead all overseas plays.
In all openings this weekend, the James Gunn-helmed sequel was the No. 1 movie (save in Portugal, Turkey and Vietnam). It also bested the original in each market, except for Belgium which had previews the last time around. On 176 IMAX screens, and ahead of a big push this week, Guardians of the Galaxy made $5M.
The biggest play is the UK with $15.5M, followed by Australia at $11.6M, Germany with $8.3M, France at $7.9M and Mexico with $7.6M. In the UK, Disney now has the top two openers of 2017 led by Beauty And The Beast and with Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2nd. The film’s Friday debut is also the 2nd biggest opening day ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title — behind Captain America: Civil War, and ahead of Guardians Of The Galaxy by 86%.
A quick addition – Joining the $1B club, Universal’s Fast and Furious 8. The international total is $867.6M for $1.06B worldwide. This is the fourth-highest-grossing Universal film worldwide after Jurassic World ($1.67B), Furious 7 ($1.52B) and Minions ($1.16B). It is also the studio’s 5th film to reach the $1B mark, and tops Jurassic Park’s $1.04B.