Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 easily tops box office again

This week's new releases were no match for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the box office. While it wasn't quite the absolute pummeling that the movie handed out last week, Guardians easily topped the box office once again this past weekend, earning just over $63 million for a worldwide gross of $630 million thus far. (via Box Office Mojo)

This weekend also saw the summer's first big flop in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The film, which starred Charlie Hunnam as the title character, was made on a $175 million budget, but bad reviews and the dominance of Guardians had it projecting for a $25 million opening. The movie failed to live up to even those low expectations, posting $14.7 million in the beginning of what will likely be a downward spiral to a multi-million dollar loss.

However, there is still hope for the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow picture. Hunnam's most notable other outing as a movie star, 2013's Pacific Rim, was a disappointment domestically but managed to make enough money to at least recoup its budget in overseas markets. Considering King Arthur's high costs, which don't include the film's hefty marketing budget, the studio is definitely hoping that the film will be able to destroy the competition overseas.

King Arthur came in at a measly third place, after the weekend's other big debut: the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comedy Snatched. Although Snatched also had mostly negative reviews, the female-oriented film was still projected to earn somewhere in the $15 to $17 million range and delivered on that front, with a $17.5 million debut. This is solid for the mid-budget film, and hints at Schumer's continued box office appeal in the future. The film was also likely buoyed by its Mother's Day weekend release, fitting with the mother-daughter comedy.

The rest of the top spots were filled out by familiar films, with The Fate of the Furious, The Boss Baby, and Beauty and the Beast taking spots four, five, and six, respectively. How to Be a Latin Lover, a comedy which surprised with its box office prowess in its debut, took spot seven, while the new Demian Bichir drama Low Riders took the eighth spot in a limited, 295 theater release. Emma Watson and Tom Hanks' The Circle, another disappointment, took spot nine, while Tollywood import Baahubali 2: The Conclusion took spot ten. The other notable new debut of the weekend, the Doug Liman-directed thriller The Wall, fell at number 14 with a gross of $891,590 in 541 theaters, a disappointment for the Edge of Tomorrow helmer.

The big story for the weekend, though, was certainly Guardians. The box office world was curious to see how the film would hold on to its commanding lead from last weekend, as percent drop in the second week is often a sign of a film's box office staying power. Guardians dropped 57 percent, comparable to the first film's 55.3 percent drop. This is also similar to many of Marvel's other bigger recent debuts, with The Avengers falling 50.3 percent; Avengers: Age of Ultron falling 59.4 percent; Iron Man 3 falling 58.4 percent; and Captain America: Civil War falling 59.5 percent. Although Guardians has a lot of competition on the way, its solid second week hints that the film is already well on the way to the $1 billion mark.