‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ officially opens at $146.5 million in North America

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 delivered a very big weekend for Marvel Studios in North America. The film officially earned $146,510,104 in its domestic opening weekend. That figure shows tremendous growth in brand interest with a 55% increase over the first film’s $94.3 million opening in 2014.

GotG Vol. 2‘s domestic opening is the fifth best ever for Marvel Studios and the highest opening for any of the studio’s films that do not feature Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man. In the broader superhero genre, $146.5 million is the best opening frame for a film that does not include Iron Man, Batman, or Spider-Man.

Marvel Studios would love to see increases over the $333.2M domestic and $773.3M worldwide totals of Guardians of the Galaxy. This opening certainly puts the second film on pace to do so, but it will have to maintain interest as big blockbusters like Alien: Covenant (to a lesser extent on May 19), Disney’s own Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26), and Wonder Woman (June 2) eat up theater space and ticket sales in the coming weeks. That is a much more competitive environment than the first film had to deal with as an August release three years ago.

Fortunately for Marvel Studios, GotG Vol. 2 is outpacing the sales of the first film outside of the North America as well. It is well ahead of the first film’s pace in the world’s second largest movie market, China, and seeing big growth in other markets like South Korea. To date, GotG Vol. 2 has taken in over $430 million worldwide, a figure that is sure to continue climbing at a rapid rate given the very strong word-of-mouth it is receiving from general audiences.

The film earned an “A” grade from CinemaScore, just as the first one did. Marvel Studios has received an “A-” or better CinemaScore grade on 14 out of the 15 movies the studio has released. Only Thor missed the mark with a “B+” in 2011. GotG Vol. 2 is the ninth Marvel Studios release to receive an “A” grade or better with The Avengers still standing out as the lone “A+.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is another major success story for Marvel Studios as their impressive winning streak continues in all phases.

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