Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn had suicidal thoughts when he was younger.
The escape thriller stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel and chronicles the adventures of main character Peter Quill (Pratt) and gang as he tries to unravel the mystery surrounding his parents.
"Guardians 2" came into its opening domestic weekend with well over $100 million in the bank from global ticket sales.
All five of the May movies that have opened bigger than "Guardians 2" are Marvel movies from the first weekend of the summer, and four come from the past five years. "There's a general halo of quality with the Marvel brand", as Dave Hollis, Disney's Executive Vice President for Theatrical Distribution, put it in an interview with Moviefone. Gef's attack was such a minor part in the wider scheme of things that many viewers might have forgotten him by the time the credits rolled anyway. The ambition here was to make something that was unbelievably fresh and exciting. While Guardians 2 fell short of those recent Marvel blockbusters, it was still a critical hit, earning an 81% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The unlikely group of galaxy defenders has a huge appeal, and Gunn's family friendly hit is packaged perfectly for the cinematic experience, illustrated by both the biggest IMAX opening of all time (1,088 screens) and $174 million made from 3D screenings alone.
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ComScore also released the estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters.
The "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" sequel takes place after "Avengers 4". Take a look at the box office estimates for the weekend of May 5. While it's a thoroughly enjoyable film full of wit and warmth, Vol.2 does suffer from the same third act problems that most Marvel movies tend to.
Guardians Vol. 2 does eventually let loose with a climax that is truly touching and lets its characters say what they feel without making a joke out of it. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. Including this weekend's tally, The Fate of the Furious has rung up $207 million domestically.
Gifted ($2.1 million), Going in Style ($1.9 million) and Smurfs: The Lost Village ($1.8 million) round out the rest of the top 10.