Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Debuts With A Massive $145 Million At The Box Office

The follow up to the 2014 Marvel success Guardians of the Galaxy, is expected to make an estimated $145 million debut.


These are good numbers for the start of the summer movie season financially but creatively is a different story. The movie business has seen many original films fail to perform in comparison to sequels. The second entry in the Guardians franchise, James Gunn returned to write and direct, opened 54% higher than the 2014 hit. The film sees a majority of the original cast reprising their roles; Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

The original film opened to $94 million over its first weekend of release. Guardians is well known for being nearly unknown in the vast property in Marvel’s vault. Since the 2014 release, the franchise as a whole has blown up to become one of their biggest brands. Disney clearly believes in the films because they handed over the coveted first May weekend spot which they usually use to launch the summer season.

Guardians 2 was aiming for a $200 million opening, but its numbers still make it the second highest opening of the year following Disney’s Beauty and the Beast ($174,8 Million). Hollywood has seen how sequels can tank regardless of the first film’s performance. Last summer many films failed to perform as well as their predecessors. “We spent a lot of time looking at sequels and the idea of sequelitis,” said David Hollis, distribution chief for Disney.

“Really, poor quality films have been the thing that has, more than anything, been rejected by consumers over time. The ambition here was to make something that was unbelievably fresh and exciting. As long as we can continue to deliver high-quality storytelling, high-quality world creation, we’ll be in great shape.” The film managed to score an 81% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an A grade at CinemaScore.

A third film is already planned as well as the Guardians appearing in the upcoming Avengers movie. Other big-budget sequels that are on the way include Alien: Covenant, the highly anticipated Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales, Cars 3, Transformers: the Last Knight, Despicable Me 3 and War of the Planet of the Apes.

Paul Dergarabedian of comScore had this to say regarding the previous summer’s performance; “Obviously, last summer was a bummer. We had numerous sequels — well over a dozen — that didn’t live up to the promise of their immediate predecessor. Summer 2017 gets us back on track. There’s a lot out there.”