12:11pm PT by Pamela McClintock
Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Could Rake in $100M in Overseas Bow
The gang is back in theaters.
Director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins rolling out overseas on Tuesday, more than a week ahead of its debut in North America, where it kicks off the summer box office on May 5.
Tracking suggests the quirky superhero tentpole, from Disney and Marvel Studios, could approach or top $100 million from its first 37 foreign territories representing 58 percent of the total marketplace. Major territories include Australia, France, Germany, Brazil, the U.K. and Mexico.
When comparing previous Marvel debuts in the same suite of markets at today's exchange rates, 2013's Iron Man 3 debuted to $141.4 million, followed by $85.4 million for 2013's Thor: The Dark World and $64.6 million for the first Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
In North America, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is tracking to open in the $130 million-$150 million range, well ahead of the first film's $94.7 million launch in early August 2014. The movie was a surprise hit and went on to earn $773 million globally, a rousing number considering it featured a rag-tag group of lesser-known superheroes.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will open in raft of other major territories next week, including South Korea (May 3), Russia (May 4) and China (May 5).
The sequel reunites Gunn with his cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper. Newcomers include Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. In February, a Super Bowl spot for the tentpole was one of the best-received movie ads during the game.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 currently sports an 85 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.