– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit North American theaters, taking in a whopping $145 million domestically, a decent mark up from its predecessor’s sub-$100 million opening. As with most big blockbusters these days, the film had opened up in many foreign territories the week prior to its North American release, and as such, was already well on its way to killing it at the box office.

According to Deadline, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has already passed a huge milestone: taking in $500 million worldwide. This means that almost exactly two weeks into its release, the movie is already fast approaching the $773 million its predecessor made worldwide. At this rate, it seems destined to make its money back (if it hasn’t already) with few problems. Additionally, it seems destined to easily surpass the original film’s performance.

But just how much will the film ultimately make? That is more difficult to calculate. While it’d be easy enough to try and find other Marvel films with similar track records, the reality is that the film landscape is a lot different now. Blockbusters now hit every few weeks, meaning that the tails for these tentpole films are growing shorter and shorter. So while a film’s relative performance initially may be quite admirable, it’s impossible to tell what that could ultimately mean down the line in terms of final numbers.

Click here to see our Weekend Warrior’s predictions on how the film will fare domestically this weekend!

In the coming weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will face minimal competition in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (which isn’t tracking very well) and Alien: Covenant (which has a pretty different demographic). All in all, that gives the film a couple more weeks to help make its mark on the box office, which is actually quite promising.

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.