By: Alissa Whisman
May 3, 2017—Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is hitting theaters across the U.S. and Canada this Friday May 5th.
The second installment of the film from Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios is anticipated to be another blockbuster that analysts expect to bring $150 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada.
Early purchases have already been made, as anticipation for the film rises. This eagerness has not missed the Grand Valley, as tickets have become available at the Picture Show movie theater on 24 ½ road in Grand Junction.
Many fans have been counting down the days since this installment of the film series was announced. Their enthusiasm increased as it was revealed that the same writer and director of the first film, James Gunn, was working on the second installment. This installment again stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana and also introduces Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone as well as many other new characters.
The first film, Guardians of the Galaxy, is about a man name Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) from Earth who makes his living by stealing interesting things and selling them. Quill ventures out to a very remote part of outer space and steals a mysterious orb. Unlike his usual heists this object has made him the main focus of a manhunt headed by the villain Ronan the Accuser. After escaping prison together Quill along with his new team fight Ronan in an attempt to save the galaxy from his power. They call themselves the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
This installment of the film series accumulated $773.3 million dollars total in box office sales worldwide. This caused the film to become the highest-grossing superhero film in 2014 and the third highest-grossing film in North America that same year.
If analysts are correct with the projected ticked sales the film would be the second-biggest opening of the year. Only falling short of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” which accumulated $175 million in ticket sales. If all goes well with the second installment of the film, a third installment is planned, but its release date is unknown at this time.