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Unless you've been living under a rock or really avoid paying attention to the movie business--in which case this article probably isn't for you--you should already know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a pretty big hit when it came out this summer. If you are really on the ball, you may even know that when the Marvel sequel opened it had the highest increase in box office profits for any sequel from the company, bumping up 54% over Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, the movie has hit another milestone, as director James Gunn has announced that the film had the biggest week in terms of Digital releases over at Marvel. And the record isn't just a Guardians record, it's a Marvel record as a whole.

I just learned Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had the biggest opening week/most digital downloads of ANY Marvel Studios title EVER. Thanks to all of you who have supported us, both through downloading the movie and through posting on social network sites about it.

On its own that fact is fairly impressive, but couple it with the other records Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has broken and it's exceptional. The movie hasn't even hit Blu-ray or DVD, yet, and will do so on August 22, but we wouldn't be shocked to hear more good news when that eventually happens, either. James Gunn certainly seems pumped about the record; then again, the Guardians are sort of his babies.

Marvel obviously already knew it had a hit on its hands, which is why the Guardians will be popping up in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, not to mention a third sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which doesn't yet have an official release date yet. The latter movie is widely expected to be part of Marvel's Phase 4.

The 4K, Digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 come with an overabundance of extras, and the 4K release features UltraPlay, which allows you to jump instantly to the movie. The "Guardians Inferno" video is also available, along with featurettes and commentary with James Gunn, if all of his lengthy social media posts aren't quite enough for you. More details on that release are available.

While we wait to hear more about what is coming, we'll be sure to keep you posted if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 breaks any more Marvel records. In the meantime, you'll be able to catch some of your favorite characters in Avengers: Infinity War or on the Mission Breakout ride at Disneyland. In addition, Marvel still has quite a few titles left in Phase 3, which you can check out with our full guide.

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