Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Guardian's Of The Galaxy Sequel Tops Box Office

"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. With director James Gunn returning to helm the next film, fans are eager to see what adventures await the Guardians after a post-credits scene in Vol. 2 teased the arrival of comic book character Adam Warlock.

The sequel's success has in part to do with its May release, as opposed to the original's August release. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 easily repeats without breaking a sweat.

WHEN YOU'RE raking in the mega-millions, you can literally afford to consider your film's box-office performance "nonsense and noise". The film brought in $8.5 million and has now passed $200 million domestically. This combines for a worldwide box office total of $427 million. In 2015, Marvel Studios unleashed Avengers: Age of Ultron in the first weekend in May, with Captain America: Civil War kicking of the summer movie box office season past year.

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Comprising 15 films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now grossed $11.3 billion worldwide - far outpacing such franchises as Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Fast and the Furious.

ComScore also released the estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters. Where available, the latest global numbers also are included.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is off to a strong start. The film is averaging a meager 30% drop off week after week and should have no problem crossing $450/$460 million before leaving theaters. That title belongs to Beauty and the Beast that released back in March to $174 million.

At the domestic box office, Beauty and the Beast has pulled in $487 million. It's wedged between "Spider-Man 3" ($151.1 million) and "Iron Man 2" ($128.1 million).

"Smurfs: The Lost Village", $1.8 million ($5.6 million international).

Laura Poitras' Julian Assange documentary, Risk, debuted this weekend, earning $75,179 from 35 theaters for a disappointing theater average of $2,211.

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