'Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2'

Camille Rivera
May 15, 2017

After the first Guardians film was released in 2014 to high praise from critics and fans alike, excitement was exceptionally high for the sequel of Marvel's lovable space outcasts.

The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie from Marvel was a hoot.

Only so many people can say they saved the galaxy, but only one team can say they did it twice!

Here are the worldwide highlights so far: China $80.5M; United Kingdom $42.5M; Russian Federation $23.1M; Germany $23.0M; Australia $20.1M; France $20.1M; Korea $18.6M; Brazil $17.8M; Mexico $17.1M; Spain $8.5M; Italy $7.4M; and Indonesia $7.2M.

Kicking off Hollywood's summer movie season with a bang, the epic film, which was based on the hit Marvel comic series of the same title, follows the action-packed adventures of Star-Lord, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), and his intergalactic gang of oddballs and misfits - Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). Seeing them on screen together, at one point playing catch with an energy ball Quill conjures with newfound powers, is one of the film's great joys.

Longer than it needs to be, "Vol. 2" still boasts plenty of the first film's motley hallmarks. The film develops each character even further, so be sure to pay attention to the challenges each character must face, either externally or within themselves. The end made me tear up.

Put in its starkest terms, "Guardians 2" is about a charming but erratic, all-consuming father who wants to annihilate his son's entire world - and only the son, working with his supportive almost-family, can lead the way to access the father's diseased brain and save their universe. I haven't even gotten to the promising addition of Sylvester Stallone to this brilliant corner of the star-filled Marvel Universe. Keep an eye out at a particular theme park attraction opening soon, you'll get to see a little crossover... The first movie began with Quill as a 12-year-old boy being stolen away from Earth just after his mother has died from brain cancer, hallucinating about his absent father being a creature of pure light.

It's Yondu who needs redemption the most in this movie.

Also new this week is Sleepless at number 6, MIndhorn at number 8 and Unlocked at number 10, a low grossing top 10 this week means all these film took less than half a million on their debut.

If you're in the latter group, maybe I'll see you at the next showing. The characters are still learning how to live with one another and set aside their selfish tendencies for each other's sake. I knew Rooker was a scene-stealer, but I had no idea the character would turn out to be so complex. The Guardians learn to love each other for their flaws, and we as a society can learn a thing from them, too.

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