Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Might Not Make As Much Money As Second Movie Over First US Weekend
The next MCU movie is tracking below Vol. 2, but it's still early.
The first box office tracking estimates for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 have arrived, and they point to the possibility that the superhero film won't match its predecessor for its first weekend.
Deadline reports that Vol. 3 is tracking toward $130 million over its first three days from May 5-7 in the United States. That would be a bit below the $146.5 million that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned during its opening weekend in 2017, years prior to the onset of the pandemic.
Importantly, though, Deadline points out that Marvel's big marketing push for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has not yet kicked into high gear. When that happens, box office tracking estimates could push upward. The 2014 original Guardians of the Galaxy made $94.3 million during its opening weekend in the US.
The Guardians of the Galaxy series is a juggernaut for Marvel, earning $1.6 billion at the box office across its first two installments. The third movie should help the series pass $2 billion.
In the post-pandemic market, the biggest stateside opening weekend for a Marvel movie belongs to Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260.1 million) followed by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4 million).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will debut a couple days early for people who attend a marathon event on May 3 that includes all three films.
The movie is expected to bring about an end to the current iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but of course Marvel could continue the series with a new cast later on if it chose to.
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, has spoken about wrapping up his time with the series. He said he's relieved, in a way, to be done with the franchise.
"I love him," he said about Drax. "But there's a relief [that it's over]. It wasn't all pleasant. It was hard playing that role. The makeup process was beating me down. And I just don't know if I want Drax to be my legacy--it's a silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff."
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