Marvel Studios‘ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has rocketed to a massive $48.2 million USD on its opening day, making it one of the most successful debuts of 2023 so far. The latest installment in the ever-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise received an impressive $17.5 million USD from Thursday night previews, which are included in the opening day total.
Projected Opening Weekend Box Office
With the early numbers in, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on track to reach a staggering $110 million USD to $120 million USD during its opening weekend. If these projections hold true, it will secure the second-highest opening of the year, trailing behind the Super Mario Bros. Movie – featuring Guardians’ lead Chris Pratt – which raked in $146 million USD. However, the anticipated total for Vol. 3 falls short of its predecessor, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, by approximately $20 million USD.
Returning Cast and Crew
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sees fan-favorite stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Sean Gunn reprising their roles. The film also introduces Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Maria Bakalova, and Sylvester Stallone to the cosmic crew. Writer-director James Gunn, the visionary behind the trilogy, returns to both pen and helm the latest adventure.