The original Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which opened in the first week of August in 2014, debuted with $94.3 million, with only one new release competing against it, Universal's musical biopic Get On Up, which earned $13.5 million in a distant third place. The movie functions as an escape thriller, and an origin story for Pratt's Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord). A third movie has already been confirmed and will probably hit in 2020.
Details are sparse on the sequel since we're still three years away from it hitting theaters, but we do know that it will help set up the next 10 years of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The worldwide weekend of the Marvel's latest release took in a strong 123.8 million US dollars for a global weekend of 268.8 million USA dollars.
For Marvel's parent company, Disney, Guardians ' huge debut gives it the number one and number two opening weekends of 2017 so far.
Oh, so we're saving the summer box office a second time? In March, the mouse house's Beauty and the Beast live action adaptation began its box office run with $174.7 million and eventually grossed $1 billion worldwide. That's more than a 50% increase, better than most of the Marvel franchise sequels. Indian film Baahubali 2 took the seventh spot.
This marks the 15th release by Marvel Studios. Take a look at the box office estimates for the weekend of May 5.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now playing in theaters.
The Disney/Marvel comedy about a band of misfit space adventurers - a sequel to Marvel's 2014 smash-hit film - accounted for almost 80 per cent of the money hauled in by the 12 top-selling movies over the three-day weekend, according to industry analyst Exhibitor Relations.
Despite being in its sixth weekend of release, audiences are still crying out for more of The Boss Baby.
The Beauty and the Beast remake pushed its way back into the top five this weekend.