Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

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

Disney and Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2" rocketed to No.1 with a 145-million USA dollars debut weekend in North American, opening the summer movie season officially.

In an interview to Fox News, David Hollis, distribution chief for Disney, said, "We spent a lot of time looking at sequels and the idea of sequel-itis". The ambition here was to make something that was unbelievably fresh and exciting. New additions to the film include Kurt Russell as Ego and Pom Klementieff as Mantis, while Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker reprise their roles as Nebula and Yondu, respectively. The movie functions as an escape thriller, and an origin story for Pratt's Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord). While it's a thoroughly enjoyable film full of wit and warmth, Vol.2 does suffer from the same third act problems that most Marvel movies tend to.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opened in the North American territories this past weekend to a sweet $146 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuted earlier in other territories, but it still brought in another $123.8 million to bring the overall worldwide total $427.6 million when including the United States total.

Ayesha turned out to be a relatively minor villain in Guardians Vol. 2, but Debicki brought a lot of presence to the part, along with a twisted blend of royal arrogance and childish anger.

The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe entered theaters with high expectations. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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Now the rag-tag group of heroes has entered the public consciousness. After taking in $56 million on Friday, the film also took in $51 million on Saturday.

The breathtaking showing by Guardians ended the reign of The Fate of the Furious, this week's box office runnerup.

The Fate of the Furious finally pushed past $200 million this weekend, adding $8 million to its $207 million total.

Brotherly love: The Boss Baby, featuring the voice talent of Alec Baldwin, took third with $6.2 million in its sixth week of release. 41% of its $428 worldwide gross came from 3D screenings which accounted for $174 million of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's total gross. Box Office Mojo estimates that the film could gross over $400 million domestically in total. The controversial Weinstein drama pulled $20,118 and a mild per-screen average of $3,353.

The view from the seats is just as nice, as fans rated the PG-13 movie four out of five stars on Fandango.

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