The second biggest earner, Fate and the Furious, may now be in first gear, but is far from exhausted; a weekend total of $8.5 million domestically and $30.1 million internationally helps to nudge its worldwide total to $1.158 billion. Its global total now stands at $430 million plus at the time of writing and is another huge success for Marvel Studios and Disney.
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.
When you take into account EVERY dollar it's earned, the number is already staggering: $428 million to date globally! Fans will wait and see where it ends up at the box office in relation to its Marvel Studios brethren.
Disney blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, hauled in another $4.9 million, taking it to almost half a billion dollars in ticket sales in North America during its two-month run.
Guardians 2 launched last week in select worldwide countries, and with the wide release in major markets including China, Japan and Korea this weekend, it has generated a staggering $425 million globally.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final numbers are due Monday. However, Vol. 2 did even better in the all-important Chinese market this weekend, opening 75% ahead of its predecessor.
That puts the movie in 6th place on the all-time opening weekends for May.
"How to Be a Latin Lover", $5.3 million ($5.6 million international).
Gifted ($2.1 million), Going in Style ($1.9 million) and Smurfs: The Lost Village ($1.8 million) round out the rest of the top 10.
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", $124 million.
"Beauty and the Beast", $11.9 million.