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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' blasts off with $145M debut

10 May 2017, 04:27 | Cassandra Thompson

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has beaten both its competitors and (narrowly) its box office expectations with a $145 million opening weekend in the US. After taking in $56 million on Friday, the film also took in $51 million on Saturday.

This image released by Disney-Marvel shows Zoe Saldana, from left, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, in a scene from, "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2".

Both critics and audiences (56% male; 72% adults) appear pleased with the film. "Vol. 2" earned a 82% rating on the review site Rotten Tomatoes.

The sequel to a 2014 release was the only movie making its debut in wide release, meaning if kids and young adults were searching for something new, "Guardians Vol. 2" was it. Its worldwide gross to date is $283 million.

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The debut of the "Guardians" marks the semi-official start of the summer box office season - when sequels to movies like "Alien", "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Cars", "Transformers", and "Despicable Me" will be vying for attention at the multiplex. "[These] big numbers represent quite a transition for Gunn", wrote Seth Kelley, "who, before signing on to direct the first Guardians, was mostly known as a B-movie director". "The Fate of the Furious" came in at no. 2 with $8.5 million in its fourth weekend. The eighth installment in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise has pulled in 207.1 million USA dollars to date in North America.

And at No. 3 is the film that just won't go away, "Boss Baby" is back in the top three this week, bringing in an estimated $6 million. The animated picture has grossed $156.7 million domestically.

In fourth was Pantelion's How to be a Latin Lover, a comedy starring Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell and Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, with US$5.3 million in ticket sales. It has pulled in $20.7 million to date.

The Disney blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast", starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, hauled in another $5.09 million, taking it to almost half a billion dollars in domestic ticket sales during its two-month run.

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