by James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 topped the weekend box office with a domestic opening of $114 million, far short of the final film in the Marvel Studios indie series but promising enough for fans to hope that the film has benefited. from the strong affection of the audience.
The news was even better overseas, where the superhero movie opened with $168.1 million better than expected compared to a global cume of $282.1 million. That includes finishing at No. 1 in China with a $28.1 million debut (most Hollywood movies do nominal business in China). And the film was very popular in Korea, grossing $ 13.1 million.
Any domestic opening above $100 million in the post-pandemic era is nothing to scoff at. Still, guard‘ the initial performance in North America is mixed news for Marvel and Gunn — which currently runs rival DC Studios — and is raising concerns that superhero fatigue has subsided at the box office as Summer 2023 begins. Just a year ago, for example, Marvel baquel Doctor Strange and the crazy Multiverse skyrocketed to a peak of $187 million on its domestic launch.
Guardian 3 certainly not lacking in the love of the audience; it earned an A on CinemaScore and a high exit score on PostTrak, and it paid off. On Saturday morning, Marvel and Disney thought the movie could gross no more than $110 million over the weekend, but traffic was better than expected throughout Saturday and spiked on Friday. If that trend continues, the sequel could last for a long time.
Critics felt differently from consumers, with the film having the lowest Rotten Tomatoes critic score of the three.
In 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to 146.2 million USD, while the first part guard opened to $94.2 million domestically in 2014, not adjusted for inflation.
It is unusual but not unprecedented for a title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to open after the previous entry in the respective series. High non-opening sequels include Black Panther: Wakanda foreverwas released while the COVID-19 pandemic was still raging, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Guardian 3 open on par with recent Marvel pic Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, had the highest domestic opening with $106 million and $120 million for the four-day Presidents Day weekend. However, that film was ultimately deemed a disappointment after grossing less than $500 million, a low for the franchise.
The guard season three continues the long tradition of Marvel movies kicking off summer at the box office.
Entering the weekend, the most recent track shows Guardian 3 opened in the $110 million to $120 million range domestically. Initial tracking sees it launch to $130 million, so the drop is definitely related to Marvel and Disney.
Guardian 3 reunites Gunn with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Newcomers include Chukwudi Iwuji as High Evolutionary villain and Will Poulter, who plays classic Marvel character Adam Warlock.
After 4 weekends reigning, Universal and Illumination’s billion-dollar blockbuster Movie Super Mario Bros. — with Mario voiced by Pratt — eventually dropped to #2 with an estimated $18.6 million, a massive North American total of $518.2 million and $1.16 billion globally.
Elsewhere, Screen Gems and Sony’s romantic comedy Love again dare to open the opposite Guardian 3 because it targets a different audience (female). The film looks to be DOA with a projected opening of $2.4 million, just good enough to finish at number five.
Written and directed by Jim Strouse, Love again stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan and Celine Dion (who provided many of the new songs for the female-leaning film).
More to come.
The original version of this story was published May 6 at 8:13 a.m. Pacific Time.