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

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On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 scored an 81% approval rating from critics, just a little ways down from the original's 91% approval rating. The massive United States opening was well above the solid $94 million launch of the first movie back in 2014, and this puts the Guardians well on the way to becoming the third $1 billion release of the year.

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.

Guardians debuted in foreign markets last week, taking $106 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.

With the exception of the first Captain America (which took place largely in the 1940s) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the first MCU movie not to take place in the same year in which it was released. Overseas, Guardians Vol. 2 is pulling in bigger numbers than the original movie.

Those kind of numbers make a third Guardians installment pretty much inevitable, and Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn has already hinted on Facebook that he's working on the series' next film.

James Gunn took to social media to thank fans for their support on "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2".

It takes a while for "Vol. 2" to get its legs, but once it kicks into gear, fans can expect the same mix of outrageous CGI-action and irreverent humor that made the first film so fun.

"Furious" sold $8.5 million in tickets in the fourth week of a lucrative run, which saw it surpass the one-billion-dollar mark worldwide.

The House of Mouse is looking to wrangle more box office accomplishments by the year's end. The movie didn't face any direct competition this weekend, which is becoming a trend for most Marvel movies.

The next films on the box office major earners list this weekend are The Boss Baby, How to be a Latin Lover, and Beauty and the Beast. The Fate of the Furious is tapping out in the low $200 million domestic and around $1.2 billion world-wide, well behind Furious 7's $353 million domestic and $1.5 billion global sales. The new movie's North American haul has also helped its global earnings, which now sit at $427.6 million (£329.4 million). This month sees the release of King Arthur The Legend of the Sword, Alien: Covenant, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, and Baywatch.

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