May is off to a great start after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 grabbed the 5th best opening weekend in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took $146.5 million over the weekend, up from the $94.3 million the first Guardians made in August 2014. More so after 5 days the sequel is sitting at $168.5 million, now running $50.5 million ahead of the original through the same point. Sure, Vol. 2 lost a bit of ground on Monday versus ($9.9 million versus $11.7 million), but that’s because May weekdays are always lower than early August ones, when most kids are on vacation.
Next weekend should give us a better picture, but for now I believe Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is headed for a US total of about $380-410 million. Guardians of the Galaxy finished with $333.2 million, currently the 5th highest grossing movie in the MCU. Vol. 2 will take that spot in the very near future and to climb to 4th it needs more than $408.1 million (Captain America: Civil War). There’s a very good chance that doesn’t happen and the sequel ends up just shy of $400 million. Even so it’s still looking like another massive hit for Disney and it helped push the MCU past $11 billion worldwide. That’s 15 movies released over the course of 9 years, 15 movies that made over $11 billion at the box office. In 2009 Disney payed $4 billion for Marvel Entertainment, safe to say that was a very good investment.
The Fate of the Furious raced to $8.6 million in 2nd. In 26 days the film made $208.6 million, 4th best in the series, very soon to be 3rd (Fast Five with $209.8 million). That will be about as high as The Fate of the Furious can possibly go since week to week it continues to fall behind Fast and Furious 6, which was at $222 million after 26 days. That one stopped at $238.7 million in the US while The Fate of the Furious will probably run out of gas around $222 million. Fortunately the series is still incredibly popular internationally where Fate is closing in on $1 billion and $1.2 billion worldwide.
The Boss Baby moved up from 4th to 3rd with $6 million, down 36.2%. I’m still having a hard time believing that this is DreamWorks Animation’s 6th most successful film in the US since they stopped making Shrek sequels (May 2010). That’s $157.2 million in 40 days for The Boss Baby, meanwhile Kubo and the Two Strings made only $48 million over its entire domestic run. Yeah, I’m still not over that.
How to be a Latin Lover dropped to 4th with $5.1 million and it has $21.5 million after 12 days. Lastly Beauty and the Beast rounds out the top 5 thanks to $5.1 million, off by just 25.5% compared to last week. The live-action retelling of the classic story is sitting on a whooping $488.6 million in the US. Beauty and the Beast can still hit $500 million, but to get there it will absolutely need help from Disney. Maybe a late push in the summer, get the film back in theaters for a weekend or so.