Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has broken a movie record that was previously held by Universal Pictures’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Per MCU Portal on Twitter, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 used over 22,500 prosthetics to create the movie’s galactic creatures, breaking the world record for most prosthetics used in a film. The record was previously held by Universal’s live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas film starring Jim Carrey. It also far surpasses the 1,200 prosthetics used for the first Guardians film back in 2014.
GOTG Vol. 3 Has an Amazing Second Weekend Box Office Hold
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has enjoyed a stellar run at the box office since it was released in theaters on May 5. The Marvel Cinematic Universe threequel topped the box office in its opening weekend, debuting to $118.4 million. In its second weekend, the film declined a mere 47 percent, earning an estimated $62.6 million from 4,450 theaters. That’s a better hold than the previous two Guardians movies, which each declined 55 percent in their sophomore outings. At the time of writing, the Phase 5 title has grossed over $500 million worldwide and is now on track, according to some box office analysts, to finish its theatrical run somewhere around the $800 million mark.
What’s Next for the Guardians of the Galaxy?
While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 concluded James Gunn’s time with the cosmic heroes, the titular team is not done protecting the galaxy. A new Guardians team was introduced in the threequel’s mid-credits scene, consisting of Captain Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Adam Warlock, Kraglin, Cosmo and Phyla. It is unknown if a fourth Guardians movie is part of Marvel Studios’ plans, although Gunn previously stated that he would love to see the cosmic characters live on in the MCU: “I would love to see any characters that remain [at the end of the film] get solo movies, or join the Avengers, or a new version of the Guardians, or whatever.”
While the MCU future for the titular team remains unknown, Marvel did confirm in the threequel’s closing credits that “the legendary Star-Lord” will return in future projects. Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the MCU, previously revealed that he would be open to returning as the hero so long as Marvel honored “what the fans have grown to love about the character and not simply do it because people might show up to pay for it.” Volume 3 ended with Peter returning to Earth and reuniting with his grandfather.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently playing in theaters.
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