Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has just surpassed $800 million at the global box office. After spending two weeks at the top of the charts in terms of domestic theatrical releases since its premiere earlier this month, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already a success and has Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in development, with returning writer/director James Gunn attached.
With Guardians 2 having already surpassed Guardians 1 in terms of global and domestic earning alike, fans of the Guardians franchise likely need little more reason to celebrate the sequel’s continuing success at the box office. And with a Guardians theme park attraction now up and running at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure Park, the latest reports brings more good news for the second big screen helping of Guardians of the Galaxy.
As reported by Variety, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has now blasted its way past the $800 million mark at the global box office, after just under one month in theatrical release. Having made back serious bank on its approximate budget of $200 million, Vol. 2 has become the fifth MCU installment to pass $800 million worldwide – joining its fellow MCU releases The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War on that list.
To put those numbers in perspective, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has thus far secured $454.7 million overseas – specifically grossing $98 million in China, $47 million in the United Kingdom, and $25 million in Germany – in addition to its $342.7 million domestic earnings. Compared to the original – which made $333 million domestically and $440 million internationally, for a grand total of $773 million internationally – the second Gunn-directed MCU franchise film has earned its place as a premiere Marvel Studios production.
Despite a drop in Memorial Day weekend ticket sales – with the dueling studio releases Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales suffering to gain a foothold over the course of their respective theatrical premieres – the latest MCU film is doing just fine. In the midst of a summer movie season that is underperforming compared to last year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is cleaning up with mainstream moviegoing audiences in a big, big way.
On top of all that, Marvel Studios still has two film releases to come in 2017, in the forms of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. So, in that respect, Guardians 2 should be but the beginning of a fruitful season for the comic book film studio.