Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is looking to have a massive opening weekend stateside, as ticket presales are currently outpacing Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Deadline is reporting that, according to Fandango, presales for the sequel to the space opera hit are not only putting the original to shame, they’re also giving the “core” MCU franchise a run for its money. While it’s not incredibly likely that Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 will have a bigger opening weekend than the $191.3M that Avengers: Age of Ultron made (since presales don’t necessarily equate to the total business that a movie is going to do over an entire weekend, nor does it account for factors like repeat viewings), this definitely indicates that the movie is going to open to a larger number than its initial $150M projection. The sequel’s May release date certainly puts it in a better position to have a bigger opening, although this also comes with the caveat that competition from other titles could cut into its legs, meaning that the sequel could have comparatively weaker legs than its predecessor.
Still, the demographics listed are worth paying attention to here. Fandango notes that an estimated 42% of general filmgoers are aware of the movie, which translates to a good showing for four-quadrant interest (44% of men over 25 are interested, along with 43% of men and women under 25 and 40% of women over 25). Furthermore, Fandango’s surveys suggest Guardians fans are looking to turn up in pretty great numbers as 79% saw the first one while it was in theaters back in 2014, 74% are excited for the greater emphasis of action from the movie’s female leads, and 62% are particularly interested due to the presence of Kurt Russel’s character. Also a good sign for Marvel – as many as 97% of potential moviegoers are going to stick around for all five mid- and post-credits scenes. That’s some dedication.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 blasts off on May 5, 2017. The film stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, and Kurt Russell as Ego.