NEW YORK (AP) — “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” rocketed to an estimated $145 million debut. It kicked off Hollywood’s summer movie season with something the movie business has been lacking: a sequel more successful than the original.
Studio estimates released Sunday said James Gunn’s second “Guardians” film opened 54 percent higher than the 2014 runaway hit. That release debuted with $94 million in its first weekend.
Once a little-known, oddball property in Marvel’s vault, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” have grown into one of the comic-book factory’s biggest brands.
The Walt Disney Co. validated “Guardians,” too, by moving it to the first weekend in May, the start of the lucrative summer movie season.
Fearing the might of “Guardians,” no other major studio releases debuted over the weekend.
Jazz Fest wraps with performances by Trombone Shorty, Meters
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The seven-day New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival wraps up with hometown favorites Trombone Shorty and The Meters.
Trombone Shorty and his Orleans Avenue band close out the venue’s Acura Stage Sunday while The Meters will be closing out the Gentilly Stage.
Trombone Shorty, whose real name is Troy Andrews, just released a new album, Parking Lot Symphony. Since 2013 he’s been the closing act for the festival’s main venue.
The Meters are considered one of America’s pioneering funk bands who have inspired artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The group is also featured on this year’s Jazz Fest poster by artist Francis X. Pavy.
Other acts featured on Sunday are Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, an R&B group that dates back to the 1970s, and Blues Traveler.