‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Still Box Office Champ


“King Arthur,” “Snatched” fall short in Mother’s Day weekend screenings.

Disney’s latest entry in the Marvel franchise, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” is expected to retain its top spot in cinema sales for a second straight week despite the opening of “Snatched” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”

“Guardians 2” earned $16.4 million in receipts on Friday night at 4,347 American theaters. It’s on track to earn $63.5 million by the end of the weekend.

20th Century Fox’s “Snatched,” starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, Is forecast to beat “King Arthur” in Mother’s Day weekend attendance. “King Arthur” had the stronger Friday night - $5.3 million on 3,702 screens versus $5 million from 3,501 screens for “Snatched” – but the three-day total is expected to favor “Snatched,” $16 million to $14 million. That’s because “Snatched” numbers continue to rise, while the projections for “King Arthur” continue to fall. Given the $175 million budget for “King Arthur,” the poor results are setting it up to be considered a box office bomb.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” meanwhile, is pleasing viewers and critics alike. The sequel, which features Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper, has earned an A grade from CinemaScore.

Fourth place goes to Universal’s “Fate of the Furious,” which has earned $214.9 domestically.

In fifth place is “The Boss Baby,” an animated feature starring Alec Baldwin. The film earned $965,000 on 2,911 screen Friday night, and is expected to close the weekend with $162.1 million in ticket sales.

Finally, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” lingers in sixth place, adding $960,000 to the $490.3 million it has already raked in.