Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 the last film in Marvel’s trilogy earned $114 million in its domestic box office debut.
With $146 million in ticket sales, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” recorded the second-biggest opening weekend of the year. Despite the huge sum, the picture fell just short of its $120 million target and trailed its predecessor,
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which debuted at $146 million in 2017. It’s a step up from the first Guardians of the Galaxy, which debuted to $94 million in 2014 and introduced the world to Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord and his buddies.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 gained $168 million from 52 markets at the international box office, bringing its global total to $282 million. The comic book threequel earned a better-than-expected $28 million in China, which was once a significant market for Marvel but has become increasingly hostile to most Hollywood films.
The following few weeks will be critical for Vol. 3, as the summer movie season kicks off with Fast X on May 19 and “The Little Mermaid” on May 26. To avoid the same fate as rival Marvel film “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” which debuted earlier this year to a powerful $106 million before crashing at the box office, Disney’s superhero sequel must maintain pace against those tentpoles.
It failed to gross $500 million globally, thereby terminating the trilogy and confirming the idea that Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is failing to keep its shine as an A-list brand.
Gunn returned to write and direct “Vol. 3,” his final Marvel film before taking over at rival comic book publisher DC Studios. In the past, the “Guardians” films have done well at the box office.
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The first picture grossed $333 million domestically and $773 million globally, while the sequel grossed $389 million domestically and $863 million globally. There were forecasts heading into the summer that “Vol. 3” would smash records by the time movie left cinemas, but that is no longer a guarantee.
However, the company is hoping that excellent word of mouth, such as the film’s “A” rating on CinemaScore and 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, will keep it in theatres for a while longer.