Similar to the first installment of this intergalactic series, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to fanfare and excitement in the United States at midnight on May 5, 2017.
Set to the beloved music of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) Awesome Mixtape #2, the original gang of characters are joined by several new faces, including Karen Gillan, Kurt Russell, and Sylvester Stallone — just to name a few.
Although some may look upon this second installment with disdain — as most of us do at the mention of the word sequel — it crushed box offices on just its first night, raking in an estimated $17 million in the U.S. alone. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is projected to make between $140 and $170 million in domestic earnings alone.
Last weekend, the film opened to box office success in London ($15.5 million), Australia ($11.6 million), and Germany ($8.3 million). However, official numbers have not been released for key overseas territories that premiered the film between May 3 and May 5, including Korea, Russia, Argentina, and China.
All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is expected to make upwards of $400 million in the global box office by the end of its opening weekend.
In spite of these positive numbers, Guardians Vol. 2 has not been met with entirely positive reviews. Although it has already earned an 8.2/10 on IMDB, many critics on Rotten Tomatoes described the film as falling flat (and never getting back up), bearing more visual attractions than verbal, and “[hurtling] past at dizzying speed with a slew of new characters, soap opera-like motivations and confrontations, and goofy-ridiculous adventures, tasking audiences to keep up with it all.”
Of course, moviegoers reviewed Guardians Vol. 2 far more kindly — as they so often do. Some stated that the second installment far exceeded their expectations, while others went as far as saying Vol. 2 was even better than Vol. 1.
It would seem that the quality of this movie is truly in the eye of the beholder. So, whether you are a diehard Marvel fan or are simply curious to find out how well this film fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is easy to say that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is worth seeing.