'Guardians 2' top of the box office
After premiering in the US last week Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is already the No. 1 movie in America thanks to a $US140 million ($A188 million) domestic debut.
To celebrate, writer and director James Gunn has personally thanked his fans and revealed that in his youth he sometimes felt "utterly alone".
The Marvel-Disney writer/director shared a rather lengthy Facebook post on Saturday covering everything from the sequel's success, to his own history of being a misfit - just like Star-Lord and his ragtag team of heroes.
"I would be lying if I said I don't get distracted by the numbers. The first thing I do in the morning is roll over in bed and check my phone for the morning box office reports," Gunn wrote, further acknowledging his impressive $US17 million in Thursday night previews draw.
"But, in the end, it's not what matters to me. I write this now to let you know, but also to remind myself. Because I'm human and I sometimes forget."
"When I was young I felt utterly alone, at times to the point of suicidal thoughts," he continued.
"I never felt like I belonged, had an incredibly difficult time connecting to other people and, despite having love around me, I had an impossible time experiencing it, or taking it in."
Luckily, Gunn was able to turn to film making in order to feel connected to other outsiders.
"I work because I like telling stories. I work because I love the relationships I have with my collaborators. And I do it because I like connecting with people, and the easiest way I know how to do that is through filmmaking," he reflected.
"I do it so that some kid in Thailand, or England, or Colombia, or Brazil, or Japan, or Russia, or anywhere, can hear the frequency of his or her own heart bouncing back off the Guardians."
Gunn also used the message to confirm he's already in the early stages of making "Vol 3."
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