‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ delivers a strong second weekend for Marvel Studios

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Ego (Kurt Russell) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Ego (Kurt Russell) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Audiences are really digging Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. First came the massive $146.5 million opening weekend and the “A” CinemaScore. Now comes a second weekend that is one of Marvel Studios’ most impressive holds. GotG Vol. 2 snagged $65.3 million in its second frame, dropping only 55.45% (when not doing any rounding on the weekend totals).

That is the sixth best hold that Marvel Studios has experienced through its 15 movie releases. It is the second best hold that the studio has had for a film that earned over $100 million in its opening weekend, trailing only The Avengers, which dropped only 50.32% from its historic $207.4 million opening back in 2012.

There is no shame in a silver medal, though, as GotG Vol. 2‘s second weekend hold is still better than the likes of Iron Man 2Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War. The first Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t a member of Marvel’s $100M opening club, but it did hold on just a bit better than GotG Vol. 2, dropping 55.34% in its second weekend. That both GotG experienced almost the same hold, off by only 0.11%, is pretty cool.

The success of GotG Vol. 2 has expanded across the globe with the film now having earned over $630 million worldwide. There will be other milestones for the film to reach, like $700 million and $750 million, but the next big number to really look for is $773.3 million. That’s how much the first film made in 2014 and there’s no doubt Marvel Studios would love to see the sequel sail right past it.

The big takeaway here, for those of us who aren’t sharing in the film’s profits, is that audiences are still very excited about the Guardians franchise and there is no sign of attrition. That’s great, considering this is only the second film and a third installment has already been announced. It also bodes well for the Guardians’ next appearance in Avenger: Infinity War next May.