Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Scores $145 Mil US, Tops Original Opening Weekend


Not a shock: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” had a huge opening weekend. Chris Pratt and friends took in $145 mil, which added to the international box office brings worldwide to $427 million.

In the US the weekend numbers beat “Vol. 1” by $50 million. The sequel may very well out gross the original. Marvel is happy, Disney is happy, Chris Pratt is happy. So is director James Gunn. Volume 3 is on its way. (So are 4 and 5, I’d guess.)

The rest of the box office was bleh, with Tom Hanks’s “The Circle” completely dying, and “How to Be a Latin Lover” hanging in there despite bad reviews.

Only 12 movies (including “GOTG2”) made over a million dollars over the weekend.

Interest in Julian Assange was minimal. Laura Poitras’s “Risk” made just $75,179 on 34 screens. But maybe new little studio Neon just wants it out there, hoping for awards consideration in the fall. They didn’t really promote it beyond that Lincoln Center screening.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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