Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes in $17 million at Thursday previews
Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios‘ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned an impressive $17 million at Thursday previews, making it the highest preview gross of 2017. The first film opened to $11.2 million at Thursday previews and went on to earn $94.3 million its first weekend in August of 2014. Disney expects an opening for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in the $150 million range.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuted in Korea on May 3 (the Buddha’s Birthday holiday) with a stellar $3.3 million opening day ($4.4 million including previews) for the biggest opening day of 2017, the biggest May opening day, and the #3 opening day ever for an MCU release there. Yesterday brought another $1.9 million, which brings the total to date to $6.3 million with today being Children’s Day holiday.
The film opened on May 4 in Russia with an estimated $2.8 million. The Russian opening day is +41% ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy and only -1% behind Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The film opens in China today and in Japan on May 12. The international gross is already up to $167 million.
Here are the international highlights so far:
Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, and Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet. The sequel is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.