Box Office Report: 'Guardians' Smash, 'Fate' Hits A Milestone

Guardians of the Galaxy actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Karen Gillan all returned, and Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff were added to the cast.

The worldwide weekend of the Marvel's latest release took in a strong 123.8 million USA dollars for a global weekend of 268.8 million US dollars.

We'll update with the actual weekend figures tomorrow but, if there's one fact to take away from the weekend, it's that James Gunn off the leash and free to be as wildly creative as he desires results in boffo box office. Universal came close with The Fate of the Furious in April, but the eighth instalment in the action franchise fell short of the $100 million mark with a total of $98.7 million in its first weekend. With a budget of $200 million, the Galaxy sequel is rated as the second-best opening of the year, following Disney's Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million).

Putting this number into perspective, this is the largest increase for a first to second movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"(The third movie) will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel (Comics Universe) characters into the next ten years and beyond".

New offerings at the specialty box office. The Tollywood film (in the Telugu language) has in two weeks grossed $147.3 million globally, according to comScore.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is off to a strong start. It has brought in 156.7 million USA dollars in North America after 38 days in theaters. This year, the studio unveils Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which had no trouble surpassing its predecessor Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3 million) with an opening weekend haul of $145 million.

"The Fate of the Furious", $8.5 million ($30.1 million international).

Also available in RealD 3D, IMAX 3D and Dolby Cinema.

Pantelion Films' How to Be a Latin Lover placed # 5 with $5.3-M from 1,203 cinemas for a 10-day box office of $20.7-M.

Third place belonged to The Boss Baby, which milked $6.2 million from North American theaters in its sixth weekend.

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