GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Beats Original At Box Office, Nears $800m

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Credit: Marvel Studios
Credit: Marvel Studios

Updated May 31, 2017: After one month in theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has raked in $342.7 million domestically and $454.7 internationally for a grand total of $797.4m, according to Deadline. That eclipses the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy's $773.3m box office haul, and puts this new film on the precipice of $800m after Wednesday's box office figures are counted.

As it stands, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is already Marvel Studios fifth-highest grossing film at the box office, behind Captain America: Civil War ($1.151m), Iron Man 3 ($1.215m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.404m), and Avengers ($1.519m).

Updated May 10, 2017: The latest box office updates for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 place its global box office take at $501.7m, with a domestic total of $175.9m since its North American opening last week, according to Deadline. This total reflects box office numbers through Wednesday, May 10.

This places it ahead of the first Guardians film, which ended its first full week in American theaters with a total domestic take of $134,390,839 (via BoxOfficeMojo).

Updated May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now projected to reach a domestic opening weekend box office total of $140m+, according to Deadline - squarely in the optimistic range predicted for the weekend.

Guardians Vol. 2 raked in $17m on Thursday night, followed by an estimated $60m on Friday. With the film meeting its projections and living up to critical hype, some projections have increased in the wake of its US opening.

The first Guardians of the Galaxy film earned $94.3m in its first domestic weekend, putting the sequel on track to take in a full 50% more in total.

Original Story: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has reached $101.2 million in international box office receipts from its first weekend in overseas markets, according to Deadline. This puts it ahead of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, which earned $66.4m internationally in its first opening weekend.

Guardians Vol. 2 has also already outpaced Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World in the same markets, putting it on pace with the predicted opening weekend figure of $100m. This still leaves the film short of other international Marvel openings such as Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War - though it did top the latter in markets such as France and Germany.

Box Office Mojo reports that the top international markets for Guardians Vol. 2 so far are the United Kingdom, where it opened to $15.5m - a reported 86% increase in the market from the previous film; Australia, where it brought in $11.6M; and Germany, which totalled $8.3m. Guardians Vol. 2 has opened at number one in every market it has reached so far, aside from Portugal, Turkey, and Vietnam. The only market in which it did not top the first film's opening weekend box office was Belgium, which allowed preview screenings of the first film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will come to North American and Chinese theaters May 5.

Box Office Mojo now predicts that the U.S. box office take alone could top $150M.

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