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

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features one of the biggest casts we've seen in a Marvel movie to date.

The sequel from Disney and Marvel saw Chris Pratt reprise his roles as the wise cracking Star-Lord, along with Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket the racoon and Vin Diesel voicing Baby Groot.

The space-set blockbuster is a sequel to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which critics considered a surprise hit when it opened in August 2014 because the characters weren't as well known as fellow Marvel comic book heroes Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. So watch John, Perri, and Dennis break everything down in the video review above.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 is in theaters now.

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

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reunites the crew from the original movie as they embark on a hilariously epic adventure as they travel throughout the cosmos while battling a new, sinister threat that dares to get in their way. But now that Gunn has officially signed on to write and direct Vol. 3 - a threequel that will seemingly complete the Guardians trilogy while simultaneously teeing up a new era for the MCU - the Internet is currently awash with speculation and throwaway rumors pertaining to Guardians 3. In an interview with USA Today, director James Gunn reveals that there's actually a sixth after-credits scene for the movie that was cut from the theatrical release. This year it's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", bringing in an estimated $145 million in its domestic debut. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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Third place went to The Boss Baby, with US$6.2 million in receipts.

Longest running film and highest total grossing movie on the USA box office this week is Beauty and the Beast which is at number 5 this week, has been released for 8 weeks and grossed $487 million. 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.

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