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Weekend Box Office Report: May 5-7, 2017

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A celestial opening for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

Marvel's ragtag group of outer space heroes returned in spectacular fashion this weekend, putting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 at number one with an estimated opening of $145 million!

The bickering band of cosmic A-holes soared above the surprise $94 million start of the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY chapter in 2014 (that movie finished with $333 million to become the biggest domestic hit of the summer season).

The follow-up has the fifth-highest domestic opening for Marvel behind IRON MAN 3 ($174.1 million), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR ($179.1 million) and the two AVENGERS movies ($191.2 million for ULTRON and $207 million for the first), giving it the best debut of any MCU entry without MVP Iron Man.

Besides appearances from Robert Downey Jr.'s armored alter-ego, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2  also scored the biggest opening for any comic book adaptation that doesn't feature popular superheroes Batman (THE DARK KNIGHT movies and BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE all opened between $158-$166 million) or Spider-Man (Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN 3 started with $151 million a decade ago).

In addition, writer-director James Gunn's emotional sequel (which cost a reported $200 million) has collected $282.6 million from international audiences since it got the jump on April 28th, giving it a worldwide total of $427.6 million.

The colorful cast of characters (which added the likes of Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone to the ranks) hit the right notes for most critics, who gave it an average 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. The JoBlo reviews can be found HERE, HERE and HERE.

Pulling up in second was THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS with $8.5 million after coasting in first place for three weeks. The eighth chapter of Vin Diesel's car crew drove past $200 million domestic and has steered its way to $1.15 billion worldwide.

THE BOSS BABY crawled up a spot to third place with $6.1 million on its sixth weekend in theaters, and the comedy HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER slipped to fourth with $5.2 million, down 57% from its unexpected second-place debut last week.

Disney's live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was still romancing in fifth with $4.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $487.5 million after two months. The Tom Hanks/Emma Watson/John Boyega tech thriller THE CIRCLE followed in sixth with $4 million for a loss of 55% from last week's opening.

The Hindi action epic BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION was in seventh with $3.2 million, a drop of 69% from its opening last week (though it still has the second-highest per-screen average in the Top 10). The list was finished up by the Chris Evans drama GIFTED, the comedy remake GOING IN STYLE and the animated SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE.

Outside the chart, the Rosario Dawson/Katherine Heigl clash UNFORGETTABLE faded from memory, and Jordan Peele's R-rated horror-thriller GET OUT crossed $200 million worldwide (on a $5 million cost).

Next weekend has Charlie Hunnam getting medieval in director Guy Ritchie's KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn get together for the R-rated comedy SNATCHED, and limited releases include Doug Liman's war movie THE WALL and the Los Angeles drama LOWRIDERS.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $145 M
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2. The Fate of the Furious $8.5 M $207.1 M
3. The Boss Baby $6.1 M $156.7 M
4. How to Be a Latin Lover $5.2 M $20.6 M
5. Beauty and the Beast $4.9 M $487.5 M
6. The Circle $4 M $15.7 M
7. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion $3.2 M $16.1 M
8. Gifted $2 M $19.2 M
9. Going in Style $1.9 M $40.6 M
10. Smurfs: The Lost Village $1.8 M $40.5 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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9:56AM on 05/08/2017
Great opening for GOTG 2.
Great opening for GOTG 2.
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8:07AM on 05/08/2017
Pleasantly surprised with GOTG 2. A lot funnier than the first one, action was great and enjoyed Kurt Russel in his role. The second installment really felt like Gunn was flushing out all the story lines from the first one here. Enjoyed the development of each character and can't wait to see more.
Pleasantly surprised with GOTG 2. A lot funnier than the first one, action was great and enjoyed Kurt Russel in his role. The second installment really felt like Gunn was flushing out all the story lines from the first one here. Enjoyed the development of each character and can't wait to see more.
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6:50AM on 05/08/2017

Honestly

I wasn't blown away with gotg2. It was ok but the comments below me are pathetic, no way in hell is it better or even nearly as good as the original. It was boring for an hour, predictable and they wasted kurt Russel. The humour is the furstvwas hilarious and flowed naturally but in this from the opening line it is just force fed to us and just shoved right in our face! Obviously the kids who love these films will say it's the best marvel yet as every marvel film is the best one yet but this
I wasn't blown away with gotg2. It was ok but the comments below me are pathetic, no way in hell is it better or even nearly as good as the original. It was boring for an hour, predictable and they wasted kurt Russel. The humour is the furstvwas hilarious and flowed naturally but in this from the opening line it is just force fed to us and just shoved right in our face! Obviously the kids who love these films will say it's the best marvel yet as every marvel film is the best one yet but this will be looked back on as a wasted opportunity.
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10:48PM on 05/07/2017
Excellent news. Who would have thought a few years ago a talking racoon and tree and a bunch of character most nobody knew would go on to be two of the biggest highlights of the MCU. Here I am though blown away after seeing it. Its been two blockbusters that did not disappoint. Can't wait to go see it again because I'm sure I missed some easter eggs.
Excellent news. Who would have thought a few years ago a talking racoon and tree and a bunch of character most nobody knew would go on to be two of the biggest highlights of the MCU. Here I am though blown away after seeing it. Its been two blockbusters that did not disappoint. Can't wait to go see it again because I'm sure I missed some easter eggs.
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10:27PM on 05/07/2017
Volume Two is everything you could have hoped for and then some.
Volume Two is everything you could have hoped for and then some.
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4:06PM on 05/07/2017

Fun

This was a fun time at the movies.
This was a fun time at the movies.
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