Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

'Guardians' grabs massive box office, top spot in N.America

Film-Box-OFfice-PRATT 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Beats Out Original Movie With $145 Million Debut
Lamar Ellis | 18 May, 2017, 11:03

The once little-known property has become a blockbuster part of the Marvel empire, thanks in part to a pitch-perfect oddball cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

More impressive is that Disney releases are the only films to open above $100 million in North America so far in 2017.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is dominating the box office, and it would seem to have solidified itself as a mega-franchise Marvel could milk for years.

The Fast & Furious franchise has been called the unofficial summer-season starter despite its traditional mid-April date, and The Fate of the Furious scored just under $100 million for its debut, the smaller part of its record worldwide debut. In March, the mouse house's Beauty and the Beast live action adaptation began its box office run with $174.7 million and eventually grossed $1 billion worldwide.

"Vol. 2" accounted for about 85% of Friday's total box office with $56.3 million (including Thursday's previews).

If you saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 over the weekend, let us know what you thought of it in the forums!

In fourth place is Lionsgate-Pantelions' "How to Be A Latin Lover", which had a $5.3 million take in its second week. "This iteration" could mean anything, because even if the main group splits off, there could be individual movies showing the early lives of the various heroes, or they could regroup and add other characters.

The sequel to a 2014 release was the only movie making its debut in wide release, meaning if kids and young adults were searching for something new, "Guardians Vol. 2" was it.

"The strength of the brand is a license to take risks", Hollis said, noting that the "Guardians" films are the ideal counter to any notion of superhero movie fatigue.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", $145 million ($124 million international).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now being developed.

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

"Beauty and the Beast", $11.9 million.

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