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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Summer Kickoff – The Hollywood Reporter


Now that he’s the guardian of DC Studios, James Gunn bids farewell to rival Marvel with his release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 In theaters worldwide this weekend.

Guardians 3 It continues a long tradition of Marvel movies kicking off the summer season at the box office. It’s also blooming on the heels of CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners and Hollywood studios in Las Vegas. This year’s show was decidedly optimistic despite the threat of a writers’ strike (the strike is now officially under way). The good mood was due in large part to Universal and Illumination’s stunning success Super Bros moviewhich joined the billionaire box office club.

Show the latest tracking numbers Guardians 3 Opening in the $120 million range domestically, which is significantly lower than the $146 million debut of 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2but ahead of the first opening with $94.2 million Guardians In 2014, not adjusted for inflation.

It’s unusual for a title to open in the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind a previous installment in a particular series, but it’s not unheard of. Those that contain a supplement Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — which was released as the pandemic continued — and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Insiders at Marvel and parent company Disney are keen on that Guardians 3And we think he’ll benefit from the kind words. To date, however, the film currently has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes critics’ score of Gunn’s three films. It is also the longest in the series at 2 hours 30 minutes.

Box office analysts say they wouldn’t be surprised if Guardians 3 comes higher, and this tracking has been complicated by the massive success of Mariowhich leads his voice GuardiansChris Pratt, who had to find the time to promote the two films.

Marvel could use a big hit after its disappointing performance at the box office Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniawhich opened before the previous two ant Man premiums, but topped with a franchise-low $476.4 million worldwide.

from where guardian A franchise, the 2014 film took in $333.7 million domestically and $439.6 million for a worldwide booty of $773.3 million, according to Comscore, unadjusted. Guardians Vol. 2 It took in $863.8 million worldwide, including $389.8 million domestically and $473.09 million overseas.

China made $86.3 million of the first film’s total gross, and $100.7 million for the 2017 sequel. But in the era of the pandemic, Hollywood has seen many of its films rejected by Chinese government authorities — and Marvel titles in particular. And while Guardians 3 Today and Date opens in China this weekend, and it goes against a high-profile Chinese title.

Marvel insiders are praising Gunn for making a fitting send-off tinged with emotion and humor. Guardians 3 The writer-director reunites with Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel. Newcomers include Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary villain, and Will Poulter, who plays classic Marvel character Adam Warlock.

This new Guardians of the Galaxy The film centers on Rocket Raccoon, a character voiced by Cooper and played by Sean Gunn in motion capture mode.

James Gunn

James Gunn.

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Joanna Swanson

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