Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is looking to step things up from the first Guardians with an international opening that may top $100M.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the sequel to 2014’s superhero sleeper hit is looking to have a $100M opening in 58 international markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico – all of which open up about a week before the movie plays in the United States. This is up compared to its predecessor opening to $66.4M in over 40 foreign markets, and when adjusted for inflation represents the second-largest overseas opening for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie ever (behind Iron Man 3‘s $141.4M overseas opening but ahead of Thor: The Dark World‘s $85.4M opening).
Major regions where the Guardians sequel will open afterward the initial international release include South Korea, Russia, China, India, and Japan. Stateside, the film is currently expected to open between $130M and $150M. Considering that these characters were pretty unknown half a decade ago when the first movie was officially announced, that’s quite an accomplishment, and a good sign for Marvel when it comes to using “unknown” properties going forward.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter