‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
The quirky superhero sequel opened Tuesday in Australia, Italy and New Zealand to heroic numbers.
Director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to a stellar $6.6 million in its first three foreign markets on Tuesday as it began its international assault in 37 territories this weekend, a week ahead of its May 5 launch in North America.
So far, the Disney and Marvel sequel is pacing well ahead of the first film. Guardians Vol. 2 debuted to $4.5 million in Australia, including previews. That’s three times more than Guardians of the Galaxy in August 2014. It is also the second-highest opening day for any Marvel release behind The Avengers.
It posted similar gains in Italy on Tuesday with $1.4 million. And in New Zealand, its opening-day haul of $700,000 represented the biggest first-day take of the year so far.
Tracking suggests the quirky superhero tentpole could approach or top $100 million in its overseas debut.
In North America, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is tracking to open in the $130 million-$150 million range, well ahead of the first film’s $94.7 million launch in early August 2014. The movie was a surprise hit and went on to earn $773 million globally, a rousing number considering it featured a rag-tag group of lesser-known superheroes.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will open in raft of other major territories next week, including Russia (May 4) and China (May 5).
The sequel reunites Gunn with his cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper. Newcomers include Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. In February, a Super Bowl spot for the tentpole was one of the best-received movie ads during the game.