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

NEW YORK (AP) – "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" rocketed to an estimated $145 million debut in North America, kicking off Hollywood's summer movie season with something the movie business has been craving: a sequel more successful than the original.

Director James Gunn's second "Guardians" film opened 54 percent higher than the 2014 runaway hit, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That release, which introduced the intergalactic band of misfits played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, debuted with $94 million in its first weekend.

Once a little-known, oddball property in Marvel's vault, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" have grown into one of the comic-book factory's biggest brands.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

  1. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $145 million ($124 million international).

  2. "The Fate of the Furious," $8.5 million ($30.1 million international).

  3. "The Boss Baby," $6.2 million ($11.9 million international).

  4. "How to Be a Latin Lover," $5.3 million ($5.6 million international).

  5. "Beauty and the Beast," $4.9 million ($11.9 million international).

  6. "The Circle," $4 million.

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