Marvel Studios’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 has–so far–earned over $425 million worldwide! The likelihood is high that the it will surpass half a billion by this week, and will more than likely finish its theatrical run over a billion dollars.
It’s worth mentioning that the first movie at the end of its run earned a bit over $773 million, though the sequel is outperforming it handily both domestically and abroad.
Though with Alien: Covenant coming out in 10 days the xenomorphs are looking to to take a bite out Guardians’ box office aspirations, which truth be told is unlikely because Alien: Covenant is R-rated, while Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 is PG-13, which means that not only are each geared to a different audience age-wise, but also viewer-wise.
Alien: Covenant will likely skew male, while Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 will not only draw males, but a greater percentage of women, and children (the latter of which should not be watching the Alien movie at all).
I have to admit that I was feeling a bit lukewarm about the new Ghostbusters.
My biggest issue was that the casting of an all-female team seemed like a less than organic move by the filmmakers than one apparently designed to placate people who believe that movies should be more diverse.
And movies should be more diverse, of this there is not doubt, but that doesn’t mean that it should be so blatant that it feels as if that’s exactly what they’re doing–a memo Ridley Scott needs to read because he typically casts very white as far as leads go (such as Exodus: Gods and Kings) in his movies, yet when you look at the actors being cast in his upcoming Alien: Covenant you’d think that diversity was suddenly on his radar.
Though the new Ghostbusters is being helmed by Paul Feig (The Heat, Spy), a director who’s known for building comedies around women, which is really important (it’s also interesting particularly when one of the most attractive characters in your movie happens to be male; Chris Hemsworth plays the Ghostbusters’ secretary).