Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Crushes Weekend Box Office with $145M

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The $145 million the film earned this weekend was nearly 54 percent higher that the $94.3 million the first film earned.

Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillian star alongside Vin Diesel as the voice of baby Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket. F&F is tipping toward a major worldwide play as the franchise ages; it’s made $950 million everywhere else in the world, far outpacing the roughly 50/50 split that most Hollywood blockbusters still see these days.

Back in March, box office analysts predicted a $160 million box office opening weekend for Guardians 2, but it came in slightly under those projections.

Furious sold US$8.5 million in tickets in the fourth week of a lucrative run, which saw it surpass the one-billion-dollar mark worldwide. “The most that one of Gunn’s movies had made at the box office before Guardians was 2002’s live-action Scooby Doo and its sequel”. Still, the $145 million estimate, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, is a solid start to the summer movie season, with the movie earning an impressive $33,368 per-screen average from 4,347 theaters. Once the totals have been confirmed, Vol. 2 will hold the record for the 17th biggest opening in US history, between the $142 million opening for Twilight: New Moon and the $147 million for Furious 7. The film now has over $207 million at the domestic box office.

While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had a smash opening, it isn’t the biggest opening of the year to date. Despite a $200 million budget and the very real threat of “franchise fatigue“, the film is on pace to continue putting up staggering sales figures.

“The Fate of the Furious“, $8.5 million ($30.1 million international). Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” finished fifth with an estimated 4.94 million USA dollars in its eighth weekend. Finally, Going in Style and Smurfs: The Lost Village finished in ninth and tenth place with $1.9 and $1.8 million respectively, bringing both of their totals to an identical $40.6 million.

“The Boss Baby“, $17 million.

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