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Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 scores massive $145 million US debut

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has shot to the top of the US box office with a whopping $145 million.

The figure is more than 54% ahead of the first film and helped the film post an early global total of $427.6 million.

Indeed, in its second weekend of play internationally, the quirky superhero sequel earned another $124 million from 55 markets for an early foreign total of $282.6 million. China led with $48 million, followed by South Korea ($13.3 million) and Russia ($11.6 million).

The figures also mean that for the fifth year in a row, a superhero entry from Marvel and Disney has kicked off the summer box office in high style. Past years have seen Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron start strong.

As if to emphasise this fact, Disney also revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s opening haul has helped pushed the Marvel Cinematic Universe past $11 billion in combined global grosses.

Gunn’s follow-up sees the return of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill, who brings his team back together to save the galaxy once again, while rediscovering his father (played by Kurt Russell).

Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan star along with Vin Diesel as the voice of baby Groot and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket.

Elsewhere at the US box office, it was mostly about holdovers given that no other major release dared to go up against Marvel.

Hence, Fast & Furious 8 came in second and passed the $200 million mark in the US after grossing a further $8.5 million (it has now hit $1.16 billion globally), while animated hit The Boss Baby came third with $6.2 million ($156.7 million in the US).

Last week’s surprise hit How To Be A Latin Lover continued to impress in its sophomore outing, placing fourth with $5.3 million (for a 10-day total of $20.7 million), while Disney’s other box office juggernaut, its live-action revival of Beauty & The Beast rounded out the top five with $4.9 million, for a mighty US total of $487.6 million.

Emma Watson-Tom Hanks thriller The Circle continued to struggle in its second weekend, sliding to sixth with $4 million for a disappointing US total so far of $15.7 million.

There was one more box office landmark – Universal’s race-conscious horror thriller Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, topped the $200 million mark worldwide, a huge return for a film that cost so little to make.

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