Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios‘ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to an estimated $145 million in 4,347 domestic theaters this weekend, an average of $33,368 per location. That is 54% higher than the $94.3 million the first Guardians of the Galaxy opened with in 2014 and, along with Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million), gives Disney the top two debuts of 2017 domestically. It is Marvel Studios’ 15th #1 debut out of 15 films. Kicking off with $17 million in Thursday previews, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 received an A CinemaScore from audiences, the 10th consecutive A-range score for Marvel Studios. This is the film’s second weekend of international play, posting an estimated $124 million for the weekend for an international total of $283 million. Combined with the domestic gross, the estimated global weekend of $269 million contributes to a global overall sum of $428 million after 13 days of play.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which cost $200 million to make, has pushed the Marvel Cinematic Universe past $11 billion in combined global grosses, from 15 films since the MCU’s inception in 2008. This weekend also sees the global box office to date for The Walt Disney Studios cross $2 billion ($2.257 billion).
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 played on 1,088 IMAX screens in 69 markets, making it the widest opening weekend in IMAX’s history. The film delivered $25 million globally, with $13 million from North American theaters and $12 million internationally. Launching on 400 screens in China (a first for IMAX), it delivered an impressive $6.4 million. Adding in the box office from last week’s early opening international markets, the global IMAX cume is $32 million.
Here are the international highlights so far (the final international opening is Japan on May 12):
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.