‘Guardians’ Take Charge of the Box Office

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2” took the #1 spot at the box office this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that the newest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe earned an estimated $145 million.

“Guardians 2” is the second Disney film of 2017 to debut in first place. It finished some $30 million behind “Beauty and the Beast” for second highest opening of the year. The original “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened with $94 million,” and became somewhat of a surprise hit in the MCU. When adding in worldwide numbers, “Guardians 2” was just shy of a $500 million opening weekend.

‘Guardians 2’ may have earned more than all other films in theaters combined, but some theatergoers did seek out other films this weekend.

Fate of the Furious” dropped to a very distant second place with $8.5 million domestically. Its 4 week total is nearly $1.2 billion worldwide.

Bouncing back up the chart a bit is “The Boss Baby,” which reclaimed third place and another $6 million.

This week’s fourth place spot went to last week’s second place opener, “How to Be a Latin Lover.” That film earned about $5,250,000 this weekend.

“Beauty and the Beast” jumped back up to the top 5, finishing in 5th place with just under $5 million. “Beauty” is now in 8th place for All Time domestic box office and 11th worldwide.

The rest of the top ten was comprised of “The Circle,” “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” “Gifted,” “Going in Style,” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” The only other debut this week was the Richard Gere film “The Dinner,” which opened in 13th place on 505 screens.

Next week’s debuts include the Guy Ritchie film, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” and the Amy Schumer comedy “Snatched.”

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