Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, James Gunn’s sequel to the 2014 surprise hit, is set to take between $140 million – $160 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend according to Deadline.
While the Marvel sequel is not going to beat the opening May record set by The Avengers at $207.4 million, the early tracking estimates already crush the opening for the first Guardians film which debuted at $94,320,883 million in 2014.
The film has already been released in 37 international markets taking in a total of $132.9 million at the worldwide box office so far and has helped Marvel cross $11 billion globally with the Marvel cinematic universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 has already topped Avengers: Age of Ultron in advanced ticket sales which opened to $191.3 million in 2015. If the sequel manages to reach the higher end of the estimated opening it will rank as the 11th-best opening at the domestic box office ever and the fifth best May release following Avengers, Avengers: Age Of Ultron at $191.3M, Captain America: Civil War at $179.1M, and Iron Man 3 with $174.1M.
Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kurt Russell. Here’s the official synopsis:
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 hits theaters this Friday, May 5. You can check out our review here.