Huge $146.5 Million Domestic Debut for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made its North American debut this weekend with a galactic $146.5 million. The film is also open in several international markets, bringing its global box office gross to $431.5 million after just 13 days of release.

The $146.5 million domestic debut is the second-biggest opening of the year, behind Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Marvel Studios’ sixth opening above $100 million. It was the 15th consecutive No. 1 debut out of 15 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and opened 55 percent above the 2014 debut of the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

After opening in several international markets the week of April 25, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuted in Korea, Russia and China this weekend, with China quickly becoming the top international market for the film with $49.3 million in its first three days. In Korea, where it opened May 3, the film has already exceeded the entire run of the original Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition to China, top markets include the U.K. ($35.5 million), Germany ($18.6 million), Australia ($17.3 million), France ($16.2 million), Mexico ($15 million), Brazil ($14.3 million) and Korea ($13.1 million). The total international gross through May 7 is $285 million.

The debut of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has lifted Marvel Studios past the $11 billion mark in combined global box office for all 15 of its Marvel Cinematic Universe films.