To put it into more headline-grabbing terms, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 has taken $40 million less in its opening weekend than Ant-Man grossed during its entire run in the US.
For the third year in a row, Marvel kicks of the summer movie season with a new superhero sequel. But other times, in the strongest moments - maybe through the words of Alice Cooper or Freddie Mercury, through Cronenberg films, or even in Chewbacca's growl, I experienced something deeper - the realization that I wasn't completely alone.
The sequel to a 2014 release was the only movie making its debut in wide release, meaning if kids and young adults were searching for something new, "Guardians Vol. 2" was it.
Featuring the most previously unrecognizable characters in a Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy is now one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. In 2015, Marvel Studios unleashed Avengers: Age of Ultron in the first weekend in May, with Captain America: Civil War kicking of the summer movie box office season past year.
Just like all Marvel movies, Guardians was released in Europe a week before its domestic debut, and it pulled in more than $282 million for its troubles. Added to the estimated opening domestically the film's global cume totals $427.6 million, which helps push the worldwide cume for the Marvel Cinematic Universe over $11.3 billion.
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The Guardians of the Galaxy came back in a big way this weekend.
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According to director James Gunn, the location of the galaxy which the titular Guardians defend is not our home galaxy, the Milky Way, but instead, the Andromeda galaxy.
And what a great start for Marvel, which has owned the month's first weekend for a solid decade now. Gunn shared that he was already in talks with Saldana regarding her character and her importance to the story of "Vol. 3", though just how big a role Gamora will have in the next film is still unknown.
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