‘Guardians 2’ grabs massive box office, top in N America

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The lighthearted space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” had a massive opening weekend, according to industry estimates Sunday, selling some $145 million tickets in the United States and Canada after last week’s equally impressive foreign debut.

The Disney/Marvel comedy about a band of misfit space adventurers-a sequel to the 2014 smash-hit film-accounted for nearly 80 percent of the money hauled in by the 12 top-selling movies over the three-day weekend, industry analyst Exhibitor Relations said.

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

The breathtaking showing by Guardians ended the reign of “The Fate of the Furious,” this week’s box office runner-up.

“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.

Third place went to “The Boss Baby,” with $6.2 million in receipts. The tale of rivalry between infants and puppies features Alec Baldwin as the voice of the tie-wearing baby-in-chief.