The world is still hooked on a feeling, with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” opening this weekend to an impressive $101.2 million international box office.
The Marvel Studios sequel rolled out in 37 overseas markets, accounting for about 58 percent of its international footprint. Early tracking numbers pegged the film as opening internationally with between $85 million and $100 million, and as many expected, it ended up on the high end of estimates. For comparison, the original “Guardians of the Galaxy” debuted in 2014 with $67.4 million in 42 overseas markets.
The film is on course for a “Captain America: Civil War”-size domestic debut next weekend, with an estimated $150 million opening in North America. Should the estimates hold, that would put the film well above the original’s $94.3 million debut; whether the sequel will over-perform like its predecessor, however, remains to be seen.
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.