'GoTG: Vol. 2' Receives A Very Rare Honor

by Allie Gemmill

You may have had an inkling of suspicion that the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy was going to be face-meltingly awesome, but now there's definitive proof. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 scored a 100 in its first test screening, an incredibly rare feat that is indicative of the greatness that will soon be thrust upon us. From literally all angles — box office receipts, in regards to servicing the fandom, and even the future bankability and star power of the cast — this incredibly rare test screening rating bodes very well for the sequel.

Now, this score of 100 is extremely rare for Marvel Studios and as a whole. They have never tested a film and gotten this high a result. As THR tells it, this has never happened in the nine years that Marvel has been making films. The next closest high-scoring films, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, both scored in the 90s when they were tested.

It is, in short, this unicorn of a test screening result is basically shorthand for telling audiences that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the smash hit we deserve and crave from summer cinema offerings.

Test screenings are de rigueur for Hollywood. Test audiences are usually strangers recruited by the studio to come in and view the film in question on any given day. The idea is to bring together a diverse enough group to roughly account for various demographics; however, it's really just the luck of the draw when matching a test audience to the film being screened.

But it looks like fortune favored Vol. 2 during this particular test screening. I don't think I can express enough just how rare and unusual this score of 100 really is for a film. A 100 indicates the every single random person that was brought in for this test screening was absolutely in love and felt the need to rate the film as such. When was the last time you went to a movie and everyone — and I mean everyone — walked out of the film beyond excited?

This score of 100 could mean that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is on track to have big box office receipts during its opening weekend. The 100 seals the hype for Vol. 2, which will in turn cause more people to seek it out on opening weekend. Additionally, the fidelity to the source material and subsequent fandom service are guaranteed to be more that sufficient by the score. Basically, if Vol. 2 can get this score, it means that it went above and beyond in keeping potential fans — both old and new to the fandom — in the test screening audience happy. Expand those numbers for nationwide audiences, and you can practically hear the gasps of glee floating on the wind.

I'm going to say it and don't you dare try to stop me: This score of 100 already has me hooked on the feeling that Vol. 2 is going to be out-of-this-world amazing.