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

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

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

Studio estimates released Sunday said James Gunn's second "Guardians" film opened 54 percent higher than the 2014 runaway hit.

James Gunn directed and scripted the movie, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as the titular guardians.

Guardians 2 launched last week in select worldwide countries, and with the wide release in major markets including China, Japan and Korea this weekend, it has generated a staggering $425 million globally. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has rocketed to a $17 million opening night, beating out early showings of the first film.

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Finally falling to No. 2 this week is "Fate of the Furious", bringing in an estimated $8.5 million and moving up a few slots on the all-time worldwide box office list.

Then there's the unique fun the "Guardians" franchise has over its equally successful counterparts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film has now earned a whopping 427.6 million USA dollars at the global box office through Sunday, according to studio figures collected by comScore. Since premiering overseas more than a week ago, the movie has pulled in about $428 million, CNN reported. Pantelion's "How to be a Latin Lover", which seduced its way past "The Circle" last weekend to post strong numbers and a second place finish, slides into fourth with $5.3 million from only 1,203 spots. Based on past Marvel movies, we're assuming this movie will have really solid legs after release, though how well other upcoming movies over the coming weeks do will always have an impact on that. Did U go see anything at the box office this weekend???

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Who else would you like to see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (aside from the Guardians, of course)?

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"Beauty and the Beast", $4.9 million ($11.9 million international).

"Baahubali 2: The Conclusion", $43.9 million.

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