What do you get when you combine Parks & Recreation, a WWE Superstar, and a dancing tree? Well, you get a whole bunch of money, that's what.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opened in select international markets on Tuesday, and posted the second-biggest Day 1 box office of any Marvel film. James Gunn's space opera sequel earned $6.6 million on the first night, which leaves it behind only The Avengers.
While that may not seem like a lot of money, think about where it opened. The film grossed that much in just one night, while only being released in Australia, New Zealand, and Italy.
These numbers more than double the opening debut of the first Guardians film, as it only took home $2.9 million in its debut.
Expect these numbers to skyrocket over the next two weeks, as Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opens around the world. Markets like France, Belgium, Finland, Indonesia, and others will get the film this weekend, while the U.S. and China will get the film next weekend.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.