Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Encores Over Mother’s Day Weekend

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' (2017) - Box Office

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Nears $250 Million in 2nd Weekend

Over the Mother Day’s frame, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took the top spot once again at the box office with an estimated $63 million.

During the middle of the week, Guardians of the Galaxy began to play like an early summer film. In fact, many of its daily numbers were behind the 2014 film. Summer’s not out yet, so Guardians will have to depend more on its weekend numbers for the time being. Down 57% from last weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy is on-par with Marvel’s other first sequels. Only Captain America: The Winter Soldier (-56.6%) holds a better second frame. Thor: The Dark World (-57.3%), Iron Man 2 (-59.4%) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (-59.4%) fell slightly harder. With $246.2 million in the bank after 10 days, Guardians of the Galaxy is still flirting with a $350 million finish. A run like Captain America: Civil War drops it to $340 million. However, if it holds more like Avengers: Age of Ultron, expect around $360 million. $400 million is out of reach, leaving Beauty and the Beast as the top film of 2016 until December.

While topping Guardians would be impossible this weekend, Amy Schumer’s Snatched landed the runner-up position. The Fox comedy opened to $17.5 million. Two summers ago, Schumer scored with Trainwreck ($30.1 million). Even with Mother’s Day on its side, the comedy underperformed. Fortunately that’s better than the critically-panned Hot Pursuit ($13.9 million), which debuted two Mother’s Days ago. Audiences were mixed about the film, giving it a B grade on a CinemaScore. Legs will be cut short in two weeks once Baywatch swims into theaters.

Opening in third place this week is Warner Bros.’ King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. While expectations were above $20 million, King Arthur mustered a mere $14.7 million over the weekend. Two weeks ago, Warner Bros. promoted advance “King for a Day” screenings at AMC to push word-of-mouth. That didn’t help matters as audiences gave the film a moderate B+ on CinemaScore. Critics were less enthused, as seen by a 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes. This was also intended to be the first of six films in a new King Arthur franchise. It looks as if it’ll join the likes of Poseidon and Speed Racer as Mother’s Day weekend flops.

Down two spots from last weekend, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious claimed fourth place with $5.3 million. Down 38.2%, this is the film’s best hold to date. Previously, The Fate of the Furious had fell (-61.1%, -48.1% and -57.0%). Thankfully for Universal, King Arthur made a fraction of what was expected. Though, don’t expect a similar drop next weekend as Alien: Covenant bursts onto the scene. A finish around $225 million is still in play for Vin Diesel’s “family.”

After seven weeks in theaters, DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby continues to hold in the top 5. Back in the fifth place spot, The Boss Baby dipped 23% from last weekend, grossing another $4.6 million. Over the weekend, the Alec Baldwin animated comedy became the studio’s 16th animated film topping $160 million. A few more strong weekends could see a push over $170 million. That would see The Boss Baby topping 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2 ($165.2 million), but not enough to match How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($177.0 million) or Home ($177.4 million).

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (1)
$63.0 million / $246.2 million total

#2 – Snatched (NR)
$17.5 million / $17.5 million total

#3 – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (NR)
$14.7 million / $14.7 million total

#4 – The Fate of the Furious (2)
$5.3 million / $215.0 million total

#5 – The Boss Baby (3)
$4.6 million / $162.4 million total

Opening Next Week: Alien: Covenant, Everything, Everything, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Source: Box Office Mojo

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Matt Marshall is a film reviewer that specializes in Blu-Rays. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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