It’s safe to say Marvel Studios’ latest release, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” won’t be breaking the chain of blockbuster hits for the studio. According to Deadline, the film is currently set for a massive $140 million opening weekend debut stateside.
Numbers reported for the film’s early Thursday showings indicate that the film pulled in $17 million on Thursday night. That number, of course, is far lower than “Captain America: Civil War” which nabbed $25 million in early showings, but still leaves the sequel on track to out-perform its predecessor. The original “Guardians” film managed to surprise nearly everyone’s expectations when it over-performed back in 2014, speeding back the previously estimated $60 million opening and opening to nearly $100 million. With the team now established and as popular as Marvel’s main franchise, “The Avengers,” the “Guardians” films are quickly becoming another surefire franchise for the studio.
Not only was the film tracking well ahead of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” before it hit theaters domestically, but it opened to over $101 million internationally when it debuted overseas back in April. Official numbers won’t be available until Monday, but should the film follow the first “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it’s entirely possible it’ll over-perform this weekend, zooming past $150 million when all is said an done.
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.