It seems like the summer movie season starts earlier every year. Traditionally, the first weekend in May was the unofficial kick off to the summer blockbuster year. However, that isn’t necessarily the case anymore. With the success of recent February and March releases like Deadpool, Logan and Batman v. Superman, studios are starting to take advantage of “non-summer” months. But Marvel Studios seems to be just fine with their traditional summer spots. The billion dollar studio’s latest, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, opened in over 4,300 theaters to massive numbers this past weekend. Accounting for nearly 79% of the domestic top ten and 75% of the total domestic movie weekend overall, the Guardians got off to quite the start.
Earning just over $145 million domestically, Guardians closest competition was lightyears away. The sequel to the wildly successful 2014 original took in an additional $282 million overseas for a total weekend take of just over $427 million. En route to surpassing its predecessors opening weekend from August of 2014, Guardians 2 made its mark as the second biggest opening weekend of the year so far trailing only behind Beauty and the Beast.
Lagging behind the Guardians was The Fate of The Furious which took in an additional $8.5 million domestically to raise it’s worldwide total over a billion dollars. That marks the second consecutive film in the series to reach the billion dollar club.
Fox’s animated film The Boss Baby earned a third place finish raking in an additional $6 million.
Rounding out the top five are Lionsgate’s How to be a Latin Lover and the aforementioned Beauty and the Beast which earned $5.2 million and $4.9 million respectively.
The Dinner starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney, opened in 505 theaters to the tune of $755,348. The film distributed by The Orchard earned nearly $1,500 per theater.
A24’s The Lovers, released in four theaters, earned just north of $70,000.
The long delayed 3 Generations also opened over the weekend in just six theaters and earned a fairly impressive $20,118 averaging $3,353 per theater.
-Horror darling Get Out crossed $200 million worldwide with a big weekend overseas. The films production budget? $4.5 million.
-Following a year where Walt Disney Studios earned $7 billion as a studio, the infamous studio is already on pace to have another big year with Guardians 2 on pace to exceed $700 million world wide. Couple that with the massive numbers Beauty and the Beast has pulled in and some major upcoming releases such as two Pixar films, another Pirates of the Caribbean, more Marvel films and a little film called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
COMING THIS WEEK
Guardians will likely remain number one in its second weekend. Two major releases, Snatched, the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comedy, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword which will both open in around 3,500 theaters each. Other films such as Lowriders (Blumhouse Tilt), The Wall and The Wedding Plan (both Roadside Attractions) will open in limited theaters around the country.
All numbers are courtesy of Box Office Mojo.