“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is Top Weekend Movie

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. The big-budget superhero flick should coast past Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” next weekend, and possibly the following frame as well when it will face the long-awaited reboot from Fox, “Alien: Covenant”.

The first Guardians movie tapped out at around $330 million in domestic sales, and it’s easy to see where the sequel will be able to outstrip that number. “Vol. 2” beat the original “Guardians of the Galaxy” box office debut by about $50 million.

The summer blockbuster season shot off like a rocket as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 pulled in an impressive $145 million at the box office its opening weekend. Of the 15 MCU titles, this is the fifth-highest debut. Meanwhile, the Tollywood film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion took in another $3.2 million to bring its total gross to $16.2 million. Universal’s “Fate of the Furious” cruised into second with $8.5 million at 3,595 theaters. Box office might be secondary to his auteur’s spirit, but Disney/Marvel surely loves the ring of those big numbers. “Furious 7” bowed with $1.16 billion overseas.

DreamWorks Animation and Fox’s “The Boss Baby” landed in third place with an estimated 6.2 million US dollars. The week-to-week drops in attendance have been light, showing strong holdover. With $278.2 million in the global bank, it has an impressive $434.9 million worldwide, which is great for a poorly marketed kids’ movie.

Smurfs: The Lost Village“, $1.8 million ($5.6 million international). Where available, the latest global numbers also are included. This brings its domestic draw to $487.5 million. That total means that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now brought in over $11 billion worldwide. “3 Generations” got a six-theater limited release from the Weinstein Company, and made $20,000.

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