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

In China, Vol. 2 launched to $48 million, 75 percent bigger than Guardians of Galaxy, which debuted in August 2014.

I predict that the Guardians will remain at the top of the box office next weekend as they face off against two new wide releases, including King Arthur: Legend of the Sword starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law. Once the totals have been confirmed, Vol. 2 will hold the record for the 17th biggest opening in USA history, between the $142 million opening for Twilight: New Moon and the $147 million for Furious 7.

While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had a smash opening, it isn't the biggest opening of the year to date.

Though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the latest adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, chronologically it's actually a prequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange.


"Yes, I'm returning to write and direct "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.'". That will also include a domestic box office haul around an estimated $350 million or more. That sets a new mark for an Indian film at the worldwide box office.

More impressive is that Disney releases are the only films to open above $100 million in North America so far in 2017.

Industry pundits predicted opening weekend figures of $140 million, which the film eclipsed.

"Baahubali 2: The Conclusion", $3.2 million ($43.9 million international). "And, like in both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect".


Pantelion Films' How to Be a Latin Lover placed # 5 with $5.3-M from 1,203 cinemas for a 10-day box office of $20.7-M.

Guardians Of The Galaxy after their first brush at saving the galaxy, this time, things turn ugly for them when they mess up a job entrusted to them and now the Sovereign are after their life.

"The Fate of the Furious", $30.1 million. Among new territories, China led with $48 million, followed by South Korea ($13.3 million) and Russian Federation ($11.6 million). It should come as no surprise that family films like The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast would perform well.



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