Guardians Of The Galaxy Rakes Up $282M – Globally In Opening Weekend

According To Deadline Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has rocketed to an estimated $282.1M global opening. This beats projections which were cautious given uncertainty in Asian markets, particularly China and Korea. Ultimately, they overperformed at $28.1M and $13.6M, respectively. The international box office weekend was $168.1M in 52 material markets.

The overseas launch is 70% ahead of the first Guardians of the Galaxy and on par with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (which had the benefit of May Day holiday playtime in many markets) on a like-for-like basis. Removing China from the comparison, the opening weekend for the threequel is 98% ahead of GOTG and 13% above GOTG2.

All regions, in the end, came in higher than expected. Strong word of mouth helped propel the James Gunn-directed movie. It debuted as the No. 1 non-local title in all markets save Japan (where The Super Mario Bros Movie was tops), Saudi Arabia (John Wick: Chapter 4) and Egypt (Evil Dead Rise).

GOTG3 bowed above the previous instalment in several markets including Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Brazil and Mexico. As we noted earlier (see below), China gave it the highest social scores of any MCU release. The Top 5 markets at open are China ($28.1M), UK ($14.7M), Korea ($13.6M), Mexico ($13M) and France ($8.2M).

In IMAX, GOTG3 grossed $25M from 1,550 screens in 82 markets to set the biggest global score of 2023 for the format and the 3rd highest for Marvel since Avengers Endgame. Overseas repped $14.3M.

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