Initial Reaction: Video Review - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

Well, there it went! The first official weekend of the summer movie season has come and gone and things have certainly kicked off with a bang. While we all knew the sequel to the much beloved 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy wasn't going to post Avengers-sized numbers ($207 million and $191 million, respectively) or even Civil War-style returns ($179 million) it was curious as to how high this Marvel sequel might fly given the release slot and the fact the original (which genuinely felt like the first true gamble from Marvel) debuted to a surprising $94.3 million. And so, given Vol. 2 just delivered a $146.5 million opening, 53.78% more than the original's opening weekend number, I can't imagine anyone over at Disney or Marvel is too upset with this outcome. This film to film jump comes in second to only The Winter Soldier to Civil War jump that saw an 88.5% increase. And this is just domestic numbers we're talking about. If we take into account the worldwide numbers Guardians Vol. 2 is pulling in it's already surpassed $425 million in just over thirteen days. The film opened in some international markets a week prior to opening in the U.S. while the U.S. shared this past weekend with a number of other countries, including China, where Marvel films always do fairly big business with this latest release yielding the fourth largest opening of any MCU film. Having already made another $20+ million so far this week it seems Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is on track to continue the average multiplier for MCU films at 2.73, which would give the film a $395 million domestic run. With the first film's 3.53 multiplier though, combined with the fact it doesn't really have any competition until Disney releases the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film on Memorial Day weekend it feels safe to say Guardians could very well do over $400 million in the U.S. alone. It should be a fun and interesting summer ahead so be sure to keep up with us and all the reviews we'll be bringing you this season as you can follow us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, as well as subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Read my full Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review here.

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