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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was originally predicted to hit $120 million this weekend, but early numbers have it coming in at just $110 million.

Numbers have begun rolling in for this first week of the summer movie season, and after pulling in $17.5 million in Thursday previews, it is looking like

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will open a little softer than expected, with only $110 million. This puts it in the range of the last Marvel movie to hit theaters: Antman and the Wasp Quantumania which opened with a franchise-best $106.1 million just a few weeks ago. Guardians , however, will see a $36.5m decline if the $110m is sustained. I’m one of those who have been disappointed with the last few MCU movies, so I understand why audiences are hesitant to go to the theaters for the newest comic-book film. But this one is good! Do not just listen to me or Chris Bumbray, who gave the film an 8/10 in his movie review. Listen to the 96% audience rating and the A cinemascore. This movie felt like an old-school MCU film to me. It was darker than what we’re used to seeing in a

Guardians movie but it still maintained comedy, real comedy, and not the cringey stuff that we’ve come to expect from comic-book movies. The good news is that Vol. The good news for Vol. is that there will be no major competition next week, with the exception of Ben Affleck/ Robert Rodriguez’s R-rated collaboration Hypnotic. So with good word ofmouth the Guardians will not see a standard comic book drop off of 60%. Chris Practt has something to smile about as he is the leader of the top two box-office finishers this weekend.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie will drop down one spot after its fifth week, with what looks like an $18-19million weekend. This would be a 55% drop from last weekend, which was a bit more than I expected. However, with over $520 million in domestic box office revenue and over $1 billion worldwide, I am sure that no one will be complaining about the numbers this weekend. Third is

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Evil Dead Rise, with an additional $5-6million bringing its total to just over $54 million domestically and more than $100 million worldwide. This makes it the first Evil Dead franchise film to reach that number. That’s pretty promising considering the producers have said they want to release a new Evil Dead film every two to three years.Lionsgate holds the fourth and fifth spot on the list with two vastly different films. The first is the significantly under-performing Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret, looks like it will finish with a mid-$3 million finish, as the film struggles only to reach $15 million after just two weeks of release.

John Wick: Chapter 4, continues to impress with an additional $2-3 millions as the potentially final chapter in the hit franchise reaches over $180 million domestically with over $400 million globally. Who are we kidding? With numbers like that, Chapter 50 is on my list! It appears that the other new release for the week, Love again, will have between $2-3million to make it into the top five of the weekend.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 yet, or does the prospect of another comic book film not excite you? Let us know what you think in the comments and don’t miss tomorrow’s full box office report.

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