Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 topped the box office during its opening weekend with $145 million. The James Gunn-helmed Disney/Marvel vehicle was budgeted at about $200 million and worldwide raked in about $427.6 million, an excellent showing.
Dave Hollis, Disney's distribution chief, tells Deadline that the success shows that Marvel “can take characters who many were unacquainted with before the first film, and in the course of the next film, deliver an opening that’s on par with some of the biggest openings in the movie business. It’s a reflection of how consistent Marvel has been –their $11 billion worth of success– and how they can take chances like this. It’s not a franchise that is quote unquote safe or normal as other movie franchises. The challenge here was taking things that moviegoers loved from the first and making it bigger. This is the 17th biggest domestic opening of all-time, and any time a movie can rank in the top 20, you sit back and say ‘Wow.’”
If GOTG2 gets to $1 billion worldwide as expected, it will be the fifth Marvel film to do so, following Avengers ($1.5B), Avengers: Age of Ultron($1.4B), Iron Man 3 ($1.2B), Captain America: Civil War ($1.15B).
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The top 10 films for May 5-7 based on studio-reported estimates, per Deadline:
1.). The Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (DIS), 4,347 theaters / $56.2M Fri. (includes $17m previews)/$51.1M Sat/$37.7M Sun/ 3-day cume: $145M / Wk 1
2.) The Fate Of The Furious (UNI), 3,595 theaters (-482) / $2.2M Fri. /$3.8M Sat/$3.4M Sun/ 3-day cume: $8.5M (-57%) / Total cume: $207.1m / Wk 4
3.) The Boss Baby (Fox) 3,284 (-455), $1.3M /$2.8m Sat/$2M Sun/3-day: $6.1M(-34%)/Total: $156.7M/Wk 6
4). How To Be A Latin Lover (PANT/LG), 1,203 theaters (+85) / $1.3M Fri. /$1.6M Sat/$2.2M Sun/ 3-day cume: $5.25M (-57%)/ Total: $20.6M/Wk 2
5). Beauty and the Beast (DIS), 2,680 theaters (-475) / $1.2M Fri. /$2.3M Sat/$1.4M Sun/ 3-day cume: $4.9M (-28%) / Total cume: $487.6M / Wk 8
6.) The Circle (STX/EUR), 3,163 theaters / $1.16M Fri. /$1.79M Sat/$1.07M Sun/ 3-day cume: $4M (-56%)/Total:$15.7M/ Wk 1
7). Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (GINF) 425 theaters / $828K Fri./$1.5M Sat/$907K Sun/ 3-day cume: $3.2M (-69%) /Total:$16.1M/ Wk 2
8.) Gifted (FSL), 1,874 theaters (-341) / $572K Fri. /$915k Sat/$568K Sun/ 3-day cume: $2.05M (-39%) / Total: $19.2M / Wk 5
9.) Going in Style (WB/VR), 2,033 theaters (-728) / $530K Fri. /$830k Sat/$540K Sun/ 3-day cume: $1.9M (-47%) / Total: $40.6M / Wk 5
10.) Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony), 1,902 theaters (-652) / $355K Fri. /$865K Sat/$600K Sun/ 3-day cume: $1.8M (-49%) / Total: $40.6M / Wk 5