After Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s disappointing run at the box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is back at the box office. The latest entry in the highest-grossing film franchise of all time enjoyed a strong opening weekend with a $118.4 million debut at the North American box office. In other territories, the film earned $168.1 million for a total of $286.5 million.
Now in its second weekend, the film has proven to be popular with audiences as ticket sales fell just 49% at the domestic box office to gross $60.5 million. This feat is impressive, considering that of the 32 MCU movies released so far, it’s only the third movie to see a drop of 49% or less from its premiere to second weekend behind 2018’s Black Panther and Thor from 2011.
This third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has already surpassed Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s total gross, amassing a staggering $528 million at the worldwide box office.
In the United States and Canada, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 grossed an impressive $213 million and is, so far, the second highest-grossing movie of the year behind only The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Given Fast X’s upcoming debut, the Guardians’ third outing has a limited amount of time to dominate the box office before the beloved Toretto family make their big screen debut and dominate the charts.
However, Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. The performances of 3 so far will rekindle hopes at Disney that the film can hold its own and possibly even break the billion dollar mark. If nothing else, such a drop shows that the film has strong word of mouth and will have a long run in theaters.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sees the team members embark on a mission to save Rocket’s life. In the process, they will uncover his past, including his origins, and face some of his greatest enemies, including the High Evolutionary who created him.
Despite the film’s impressive box office as well as high ratings, the film fared worse with critics than its predecessors. We doubt Disney will lose any sleep because the audiences, who matter most, love it and flock to watch it in theaters.
In other Marvel news, the studio’s planned reboot of Blade has been put on hold due to the ongoing WGA strike that has crippled Hollywood. The project was set to begin filming this summer with a September 2024 release in sight. It remains to be seen what happens next, though fans are hoping the strike will soon be resolved and work will resume.
Additionally, another Marvel reboot, Fantastic Four, is set to begin filming next January. However, while unlikely, it will also depend on the outcome of the WGA strike and whether or not the resolution is forthcoming.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently playing in theaters around the world.
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