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

"I think this is going to be one of the biggest summers ever".

Furious sold US$8.5 million in tickets in the fourth week of a lucrative run, which saw it surpass the one-billion-dollar mark worldwide. "There's a lot out there".

When it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, everyone has been so preoccupied with where said threequel fits into the MCU timeline that few have stopped to ask the question: when, exactly, will James Gunn's trilogy-capper be released?

The Fate of the Furious fell to second place after spending nearly a month in first place. Once the totals have been confirmed, Vol. 2 will hold the record for the 17th biggest opening in US history, between the $142 million opening for Twilight: New Moon and the $147 million for Furious 7.

Wise choice. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funnier and even more action-packed than the original film. The Tollywood film (in the Telugu language) has in two weeks grossed $147.3 million globally, according to comScore.

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In other "Guardians" news, actress Zoe Saldana (who stars in the films as Gamora) was said to have a more significant role in "Vol. 3".

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. That will also include a domestic box office haul around an estimated $350 million or more. Who else would you like to see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (aside from the Guardians, of course)? Now in its 8th weekend in the top ten, the powerhouse added another $5 million to its $487 million domestic total, meaning it may yet hit $500 million.

The Boss Baby actually moved up a spot to third place with $6.2 million and is closing in on $160 million domestically after 38 days.

"Beauty and the Beast", $4.9 million ($11.9 million international). The post-credit scene in Volume 2 teases the introduction of Adam Warlock-a character Kevin Feige has confirmed for "phase 3", but not Infinity War. With so much mojo coming from films like that, it does seem like a pleasant surprise to see How to be a Latin Lover on the list with impressive second-week earnings of $5.2 million.

Ayesha appears as the Golden High Priestess of the Sovereign in Volume 2.