Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Tops Box Office For 2nd Weekend
It was another good weekend for Disney, Marvel Studios and the threequel.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” The new film led the box office for the second weekend in a row, based on the figures Box Office Mojo. The Marvel Studios film brought in another $60.5 million over the weekend, bringing its current domestic total to $213 million and counting.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 3’ Shows great strength in the second weekend
The new film only dropped 48.9% in its second frame. While the film arguably opened below expectations in its opening weekend, it has remarkable staying power this weekend. MCU movies and comic book superhero movies tend to be very advanced, so for a movie like this to drop less than 50% in its second weekend is pretty impressive. This shows that the film has good word of mouth and is received by the audience.
The film is also performing exceptionally well overseas. Deadline reported that its current worldwide total is currently estimated at $529 million. This means that in just 10 days, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” has surpassed the total worldwide release of the other Marvel Studios threequel released earlier this year. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” has grossed around $475 million worldwide.
The “Vol. 3” to beat would be $863 million; 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” also finished at $389 million domestically. The first “Guardians of the Galaxy” finished with $333 million domestically and $733 million worldwide. “Vol. 3” should not be a problem to surpass the latter’s number at this point.
This was the best scenario for Walt Disney Studios as “Vol. 3” This comes from when Disney fired James Gunn due to past controversial tweets that resurfaced in 2018. Gunn later worked at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to direct “The Suicide Squad” before returning to Marvel. Studios is wrapping up its “Guardians” trilogy and is also working on a Disney+ special, “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
However, Gunn is now leaving Marvel as he moves to DC Studios, full-time as the company’s new co-head alongside Peter Safran. Gunn continues to work on new films for DC, including the planned “Superman” reboot titled “Superman: Legacy.”
While “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” opened lower than “Vol. 2”, showed a much smaller drop overall in its second weekend. “Vol. 2” opened in a similar time frame with $146.5 million for its opening. In its second frame, the sequel fell 55.5% with $65 million. The first film opened in August 2014 with $94 million and dropped a similar 55.3% in its second weekend, pulling in $42 million.
While it wasn’t one of the biggest Marvel Studios openings ever, it was one of Marvel’s better second weekend drops compared to other releases, which bodes well for its overall revenue potential, especially given the amount of negativity and dislike surrounding Marvel Studios. the release of “Quantumania” underperformed.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 3” was likely helped by strong reviews from critics, earning a respectable 82% rating Rotten tomatoes and 95% audience score. Despite the good word of mouth, the film didn’t look like a tough competition in its sophomore weekend. The only other big releases over the weekend were “Book Club: The Next Chapter” and “Hypnotic,” which didn’t really challenge the might of Guardians.
“The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” also starring Chris Pratt, was No. 2 this weekend with an additional $13 million. The film currently stands at $535 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 3” won’t have much competition until “Fast X,” starring Vin Diesel, hits theaters next weekend. The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, Jason Momoa and John Cena. It should be interesting to see how the other big releases in May do, as well as Disney’s The Little Mermaid on May 26.