"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" tops box office in North America


In a recent interview whilst out and about promoting Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, writer and director James Gunn confirmed that one of the key characters from the movie will be coming back in episode three, which Gunn has just started writing.

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

Global revenues added another $123.8 million over the weekend, bringing its worldwide total up to $282.6 million just 13 days after release.

The Fate of the Furious finally pushed past $200 million this weekend, adding $8 million to its $207 million total.

In its second weekend of play overseas, the quirky superhero sequel earned another $124 million from 55 markets for an early foreign total of $282.6 million.

Then there's the unique fun the "Guardians" franchise has over its equally successful counterparts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Chris Pratt and his band of oddball Marvel superheroes picked up right where they left off in the new "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2". "Vol. 2" beat the original "Guardians of the Galaxy" box office debut by about $50 million.

"Set to the backdrop of "Awesome Mixtape #2, ' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos".

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

At the domestic box office, Beauty and the Beast has pulled in $487 million.

"Smurfs: The Lost Village", $1.8 million ($5.6 million international). "[These] big numbers represent quite a transition for Gunn", wrote Seth Kelley, "who, before signing on to direct the first Guardians, was mostly known as a B-movie director".

"Baahubali 2: The Conclusion", $43.9 million. For those who were unaware, Beauty and the Beast has been one of the biggest performing films of 2017.