May 3 (UPI) — Advance ticket sales for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in the United States are outpacing the advance sales for Marvel’s other big-budget sequel, 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
According to Deadline, “Guardians 2” has been the No. 1 ticket seller every day since April 24 on online movie ticket outlet Fandango.
“Its popularity has grown exponentially since the first ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ surprised audiences as a monster hit,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.
“The series’ visual inventiveness, coupled with the addition of Baby Groot and another fantastic soundtrack in “Vol. 2,” is fueling even more excitement as Marvel Studios looks to kick off the summer movie season in a massive way,” he continued.
The first “Guardians of the Galaxy” went on to gross $94.3 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. while “Age of Ultron” earned the fourth-best domestic opening of all time with $191.3 million.
Internationally, “Guardians 2” has grossed $101.2 million as it opened last weekend in a total of 37 territories that account for 58 percent of international markets, IGN reported.
Britain lead the way, bringing in $15.5 million, followed by Australia, Germany, France and Mexico which earned $11.6 million, $8.3 million, $7.9 million and $7.6 million, respectively.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is set to open in North America, Korea, Russia and China this weekend, followed by Japan on May 12.