'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' blasts off with $145M debut

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It's not the highest increase for a sequel in general though, as Captain America: Civil War holds that title with an 88% increase on Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Get used to seeing "Guardians 2" on top.

"But I found my respite in popular entertainment - Marvel comics, science fiction and horror films, the music of The Sex Pistols, The Replacements and Queen".

The first "Guardians" film had to introduce us to this extremely obscure group of Marvel characters - while the sequel just rode the hype of the first film.

"We feel great. It is a spectacular number, period", said Disney's distribution chief Dave Hollis. He's an unusually loyal player in the Hollywood scene having given both his actual brother, Sean Gunn, and his spiritual brother and frequent collaborator, Michael Rooker, massively expanded roles in Guardians 2. Its position as the first blockbuster of the summer follows a carefully-drawn, time-tested blueprint. Marvel has used the same weekend to effectively launch the summer season for the last decade. But where the Avengers films are about learning to compromise and working together, the first Guardians movie - despite its prickly exterior - is about building community by learning emotional vulnerability.

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The Disney/Marvel comedy about a band of misfit space adventurers - a sequel to the 2014 smash-hit film - accounted for almost 80 percent of the money hauled in by the 12 top-selling movies over the three-day weekend, industry analyst Exhibitor Relations said.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 clocked in a massive $145 million on its opening weekend in North America, making it more successful than the original.

"Baahubali 2: The Conclusion", $3.2 million ($43.9 million international). It helped "Guardians" that nearly all its screens were premium-format theaters that charge audiences extra. That also takes in the IMAX sales too, as IMAX screenings were in 3D.

Marvel's latest superhero movie blasted off with 7.8 billion won ($7 million) in Korea, selling more than 883,000 tickets at 1,218 screens over the long weekend. There's the much-anticipated soundtrack of vintage '70s pop tunes, which was playing in rotation all weekend on Sirius XM's '70s station. She is also a wife, mother of a rambunctious 3-year-old and avid movie lover. Only 28 percent of the audience consisted of families or teens, and only 40 percent of the viewers were under 25. The cast was dynamic, the score was on-point and I enjoyed the film throughout.

The latest film from Walt Disney Co.'s cast of comic-book characters opened as the No. 1 picture in USA and Canadian theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. said in an email Sunday, pulling in $145 million in weekend sales to kick off Hollywood's summer season.