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When there is a new Marvel film in town the all others distributers give the film a wide berth, and with the Chris Pratt and Zoe Seldana headed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 the big film nothing else stood a chance.
With an opening gross of $145 million on its debut if nothing stood in its path, the Guardians franchise has become one of Marvels biggest properties and Vol 2 opens over 50% more than the first film.
It is also the 15th consecutive film to debut at number one for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with a good roster of films going forward there will be no letup.
Falling to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top is The Fate of the Furious (Fast and Furious 8) which takes a still respectable $8.5 million this week which brings its total gross in America to $207 million.
With the release of a Marvel film nothing else dare even think about opening and so there are no other new film this week.
Longest running film and highest total grossing movie on the US 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.
As the film pushed itself over the billion mark at the global box office Fast and Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious in America) hold the top spot for a third weekend.
Fast 8 drops nearly 50% of its taking from last week and this week manages ‘just’ $19.4 million to bring its US total to $192.7 million.
Highest new film of the week is How To Be A Latin Lover which is new at number 2 with a good $12 million debut.
For a smaller independent film this is a great opening, it did play to a largely latin American audience which is to be expected.
Also new this week is Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which is new at 3 with $10 million and Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in The Circle which disappoints with a number 4 debut and $9.3 million.
Highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Beauty and The Beast which has now grosses nearly $500 million, it is also the longest running film with 7 weeks on the chart.
With a massive opening last weekend no studio was going to try and compete with The Fate of the Furious for a couple of week and hence the film stays at the top for a second weekend.
Dropping a considerable 60% from last week the Fast and Furious 8 (to give it the UK name) takes $38 million on its second weekend of release.
This brings the films total to a fantastic $163.6 million in the US and it keeps it on tract to s very similar gross to the previous films.
Highest new film of the week is Disney’s wild life documentary Born in Chine, about pandas, which is released to coincide with the global Earth Day celebration.
The House of Mouse has released similar wildlife documentaries each year around this time for the last few years and this years entry takes just over $5 million on its opening.
Also new this week is Unforgettable at number 7 with $4.8 million and The promise which debuts at number 9 with $4 million.
Beauty and the Beast is once again the top total grossing movie this week with $472 million and with 6 weeks on the chart is also the longest running film.
There was never going to be any other result to this week US box office number 1 and without any problem at all The Fate of the Furious (Fast and Furious 8 in the UK) makes its debut at the top with a $100 million opening.
The series has gone from strength to strength and with the sad passing of one of its stars last year it cast doubt if the series would survive, but when 7 scored over a billion at the world box office a sequel was inevitable.
Fate takes $98.7 million this weekend and as you'd expect with that figure takes more than the rest of the US box office combined.
The Boss Baby falls to number 2 this week after a couple of week at the top, this week takings are $16 million over the weekend.
The films total gross after 3 weeks of play now sits at $116 million and has proved another $100 million plus film for Fox's animated studio.
Beauty and The Beast is doing fantastic business still and this week is at 3, it is currently the highest total grossing film on the chart with $454 million.
Former number 1 film Get Out is the longest running film and has been on the box office for 8 weeks now and has grossed $167 million.
Second trailer for Furious 8 (Fate of the Furious), longer more action and some cars? Looks like a heist movie with vehicles - does this series still have legs?
Released on 14th April.
Like Fast 7, Fast 8 might be getting a different name in the UK to America, at least we hope so.
The Fate of the Furious is the title in America, as just announced, we don't like it too much so were hoping it will be called Fast & Furious 8 in the UK.
A new trailer is coming Monday - check out the teaser below.
From Disney/Marvel is the the plot synopsis for Avengers Age of Ultron which is released in the UK on 25th April 2015.
Marvel Studios presents "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
It's been announced that after 22 years a sequel to the 1987 smash hit film Wall Street is to be made, is this good news, a sequel to a landmark film? It may be a case of dragging up the old and trying to breath new life into them like many of the atrocious remakes of '80's horror films that seems to be the fashion at the moment, but the good news here is that not only is Michael Douglas back as the money obsessed ruthless Gordon Gekko but Oliver Stone is back to write ad direct.
What will be interesting, and with Stone behind the script it's highly likely, will be the contrasts the new film will have with it's predecessor, the '80's was an age of richness and greed and when ruthless men on Wall Street didn't take lunch because they were too busy making money.
The naughties (2000 - 2009) have been an age when Wall Street in particular has been struck by tragedy that has changed peoples attitudes and the world is in the midst of a recession that in particular has his the financial industry, what a difference 20 years makes.
Douglas of course won the Oscar for his his lead in the original, if they can pull off a similar fate to that of The Color of Money for Paul Newman he may just do it again, lets just hope the title is not Wall Street 2!