Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is off to a strong start at the international box office, drawing $22 million in a handful of markets where it opened early.
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.
The $22 million opening doesn't sound massive at first blush, but in smaller markets like Australia and Italy, those numbers are more impressive than they are in bigger markets like the U.S. and China.
In Brazil, the film more than doubled the same period for Guardians of the Galaxy. In Germany, it took home the second-highest opening for any movie yet this year (just behind Fate of the Furious). In Taiwan, the film accounts for 62% of the whole box office right now.
It's expected to perform similarly well over the next week, as it begins opening in more and bigger markets.
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.
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