After 13 days at the international box office, the latest from Disney and Marvel has earned $282.6 million. That, combined with the film’s opening weekend domestic take of $145 million, brings its global total to $427.6 million.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” made more than $106 million in its first weekend at 58% of overseas territories last weekend. This weekend the movie earned an estimated $124 million abroad after opening in several more major foreign markets including Korea, Russia and China. The top five territories were China ($48 million); the U.K. ($35.7 million); Germany ($18.4 million); Australia ($17.2 million); and France ($16.1 million).
“Guardians 2” pushes Marvel’s Cinematic Universe past $11 billion in combined global grosses — that’s from 15 films since the MCU’s inception in 2008. Released in 2012, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the highest grossing of the lot with $1.5 billion worldwide. Other billion-dollar earners are “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($1.4 billion); “Iron Man 3” ($1.2 billion); and “Captain America: Civil War” ($1.15 billion).
With his unique, eye-catching flair, James Gunn directed and scripted “Guardians 2” starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as the titular guardians. The film also features expanded roles for Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker, as well as prominent new characters played by Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff. The movie functions as an escape thriller, and an origin story for Pratt’s Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord). Gunn is already attached to write and direct the third “Guardians” movie.
Overall, families made up a hearty 19 percent of the audience, an especially strong showing for a superhero offering. Guardians Vol. 2 earned $51.1 million on Saturday, the 11th best showing of all time. And Saturday, of course, is a traditional family moviegoing day.
"The character Baby Groot is for sure appealing universally and among families. And Rocket is Rocket," says Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. "As each of the Marvel movies come to redefine what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, this movie has a big family component, and maybe even one of the most."
Adds box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of comScore: "Families were likely drawn by the Baby Groot character that was featured smartly front and center in most of the marketing for the film. Despite its PG-13 rating, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may be among the most family-friendly of all the superhero movies, and this paid off big time with a massive Saturday performance for the film."
That wasn't the only good news when it came to demos. According to comScore's real-time exit polling service, females made up 43 percent of ticket buyers for Guardians Vol. 2, versus 39 percent for the first film. Younger moviegoers also turned out in larger numbers: 17 percent of ticket buyers were between the ages of 13-17, compared to 13 percent the first time out, while moviegoers between the ages of 18-24 jumped from 33 percent to 38 percent and those between the ages of 25-24, from 20 percent to 26 percent.
"Bucking the trend of the box office law of diminishing returns, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 joins a fairly exclusive club of over-performing second installments," says Dergarabedian.
Gunn's follow-up sees the return of Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill, who brings his team back together to fight off evil forces while he seeks to unravel the mystery of his parentage. Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan also make a return, while newcomers include Elizabeth Debicki, Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone.
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