Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has quite a lot to live up to. The first film was a surprise hit in theatres making around $773 million over its entire run. It also opened with a massive $94 million in the U.S., which instantly cemented the Guardians as one of Marvel Studios’ flagship franchises. With its sequel opening overseas in two weeks and stateside in three, talk of a very impressive opening weekend is starting to heat up.
According to Deadline’s projections, it seems Marvel Studios does not have to worry about Guardians having been just a one-hit wonder. The film is currently tracking for a $150 million opening at the domestic Box Office.
The Avengers still has the all-time biggest opening of any Marvel Studios film, with $207.4 million, shortly followed by its sequel, Age of Ultron, with $191.2 million. So far the largest non-Avengers openings go to Civil War with $179,1 million and Iron Man 3‘s $174,1 million. Ironically, every one of these films includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in some capacity, which makes you wonder how much a Guardians threequel could manage if it included Stark in space and how much of a boost he’ll provide for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
With three more weeks to go, anything can change by opening weekend; with three weeks until open, the original film was projected to gross between $60-70 million. Going by the hype surrounding the film, it’s unlikely to disappoint when it comes to its Box Office earnings. And while the $150 million is a U.S. only projection, Marvel Studios has a very strong pull internationally, so it will be interesting to see if the Guardians sequel can approach the $1 billion dollar mark when all is said and done.
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Sources: Box Office Mojo & Deadline