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Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 scores second biggest UK opening of 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL’S Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 has notched up the second biggest opening of 2017 in the UK with a massive £13.1m (£17.8m including Bank Holiday Monday).

By way of comparison, Fast & Furious 8 enjoyed a debut of £8.65m a couple of weeks ago (£14.03m including two days of previews).

It means that Disney has now scored the two biggest openings of the year given that its live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast opened with £19.7m in March.

In turn, this follows on from Disney/Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which began last December with £17.31m.

The last time a rival studio released anything at an equivalent level was last November, when Warners’ Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them took £15.3m on its debut.

To underline the growing popularity of Marvel’s oddball superheroes, the original Guardians of the Galaxy opened in August 2014 with £4.99m, plus £1.37m in previews.

Hence, comparing the like-for-like three-day weekend periods, the sequel has opened 162% bigger.

And in yet more good news for Disney, the distributor is also celebrating Beauty & The Beast crossing £70m in the UK at the weekend – only the eighth film to do so.

The UK top five was therefore comprised of Guardians 2 in top spot, followed by Fast & Furious 8 in second, The Boss Baby in third, Beauty & The Beast in fourth and Second World War comedy-drama Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy, in fifth.

That film, directed by Lone Scherfig, dropped by just 24% – the gentlest decline of any film in the UK Top 10.

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