Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Gives 3D a Big Boost

39;Guardians of the Galaxy'

39;Guardians of the Galaxy'

This image released by Disney-Marvel shows Zoe Saldana, from left, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, in a scene from, "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2".

The latest film from Walt Disney Co.'s cast of comic-book characters opened as the No. 1 picture in US 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.

Marvel continues its winning ways at the box office as "Guardians of the Galaxy Vols. 2" was the fifteenth film from the studio to hit the number one spot at the domestic box office.

Finally falling to No. 2 this week is "Fate of the Furious", bringing in an estimated $8.5 million and moving up a few slots on the all-time worldwide box office list. 99% of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 tickets in China were for the 3D version. Box office might be secondary to his auteur's spirit, but Disney/Marvel surely loves the ring of those big numbers.

In the almost three years since Guardians of Galaxy conquered the box office, the ragtag group of lesser-known superhero heroes featured in director James Gunn's quirky superhero movie have become part of the cultural lexicon. Once the totals have been confirmed, Vol. 2 will hold the record for the 17th biggest opening in USA history, between the $142 million opening for Twilight: New Moon and the $147 million for Furious 7.

The Walt Disney Co. validated the rise of "Guardians", too, by moving it from August (when the original opened) to the first weekend in May. "The film is playing on the the majority of our more than 29,000 systems worldwide". Still, the $145 million estimate, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, is a solid start to the summer movie season, with the movie earning an impressive $33,368 per-screen average from 4,347 theaters.

Movie fans will see the release of other major films over the next two weeks, which includes King Arthur and Alien: Covenant. Its global gross to date is $283 million.

Make sure you catch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters now!

"The Fate of the Furious", $30.1 million.

Third place went to "The Boss Baby", an animated tale of rivalry between infants and puppies featuring Alec Baldwin, which took $6 million.

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