GOTG 3 Falls Short of the Trilogy’s Best Box Office Opening


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 failed to break the franchise record for its box office debut.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy brought in $114 million at the domestic box office on its opening weekend, with a total global take of $282.1 million. This is almost half of 2018’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which had a total global box office return of over $427 million on its opening weekend, nearly tripling the first film’s $161.7 million global return in the same time frame.


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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the final entry in James Gunn’s MCU series, and stands to be quite possibly the last in the franchise’s run for the foreseeable future. In April, Gunn weighed in on the future of the series in the MCU, saying, “It would absolutely not be disloyal of them to me to continue on in the Marvel Universe.” The writer/director also stated that he would “love to see any characters that remain get solo movies, or join the Avengers, or a new version of the Guardians, or whatever.”

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Chris Pratt, who portrays Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, also touched on what it would take to return to the series, particularly if it were to be without Gunn at the helm. “He’s done such a masterful job in the first three films… it’s his imagination on screen,” he said. Pratt added that, if he were to return to the character for a continuation of Star-Lord’s story,

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“It would really be important to honor what [Gunn’s] done in the first three films… and not simply do it because people might show up to pay for it,” Pratt said about a potential return to the MCU for a continuation of Star-Lord’s story. While it’s unclear when or how any of the original Guardians will return in a future Marvel Studios project, the end credits for Vol. 3 did confirm that “Star-Lord will return” at some point.

In regard to what has made the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy so special even when stacked against the likes of Spider-Man and the Avengers trilogies, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige pointed toward how the series largely came into being outside the trappings of the rest of the MCU. “[Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1] really was the first movie that was completely outside of the realm,” Feige said. “It tied in with Thanos… but the Avengers were not in it… It was really our attempt of saying, we don’t wanna just do superhero movies.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is in theaters now.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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