Guardians 3 is a decent movie that rounds out a successful run by James Gunn with Marvel before he attacks his new job with Peter Safran as Co-Chairmen and CEOs of DC Studios. I agreed with critic Matt Hudson when he said in his review of the movie: It isn’t top-tier Marvel, but it’s damn solid with some great gags and action throughout. Compared to recent MCU releases, however, it’s a rousing success.
Matt was referring to the lackluster quality and box office performance in the release in Marvel movies since the pandemic. Critics Consensus at Rotten Tomatoes: A galactic group hug that might squeeze a little too tight on the heartstrings, the final Guardians of the Galaxy is a loving last hurrah for the MCU’s most ragtag family. 318 reviews by critics rate it as fresh, 82%. The audience score is at 95% on the website as of May 10th.
In 5 days, the movie has grossed $344,021,568. If it does not have a big dropoff in week 2, it should be well over $400,000 and pushing the half-a-billion mark. See below for actual numbers:
This is a nice Spring showing. The next Disney movie to come out will be the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Sony released Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is being released on June 2, this movies should do well. Director Steven Caple Jr’s movie Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be released on June 9th. The Flash by director Andy Muschietti staring Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck will be released on June 23erd. Then on June 30 will be Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The swan song for 79 year old Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Other movies of note are listed below.
July 12 – Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
July 21 – Oppenheimer
August 4 – The Meg 2: The Trench
August 18 – Blue Beetle – DC Films
September 1 – The Equalizer 3
September 22 – The Expendables 4
October 6 – Kraven the Hunter (Sony)
October 13 – The Exorcist (2023)
November 3 – Dune: Part Two
November 10 – The Marvels
November 17 – The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
December 15 – Wonka (2023)
December 20 – Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
December 25 – The Color Purple (Musical) 2023
This rounds out the year with notable movies for 2023. Lets see what happens in this transition year testing the box office against the desire for people going to see a movie. Are Americans going to venture out to see a movie or wait to see the digital version? Stay tuned for more.