“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is on track for a $150 million opening weekend next month in North America, and could even reach the heights of “Captain America: Civil War,” which debuted a year ago to the tune of $179 million.
A premiere of that magnitude would eclipse that of the first “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which opened domestically in 2014 with $94.3 million, setting a new record for an August debut — only to be unseated last year by Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad.” “Guardians” went on the earn more than $773 million worldwide.
Deadline reports that total awareness for the Marvel Studios sequel has reached a staggering 88 percent, with 63 percent of respondents saying they have “definite interest” in the film.
Arriving in theaters May 5, the sequel picks up just months after the events of Marvel Studios’ 2014 hit, the sequel follows the Guardians of the Galaxy as they travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their newfound family together, all while helping Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.
Written and directed by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego.