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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' blasts off with $145M box-office debut


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It's the rare movie sequel of late that's more successful than the original.

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Disney/Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" lived up to its high expectations with an estimated $145 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations.
That puts the movie in 6th place on the all-time opening weekends for May . It's wedged between "Spider-Man 3" ($151.1 million) and "Iron Man 2" ($128.1 million).
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Marvel has done it again.
Even against the seemingly unbeatable weight of some lofty expectations, " Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 " has gone on to become a major hit with critics and fans alike. The latest adventure of Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and the rest has turned into a textbook example of a box office smash , and it represents another major stepping stone on the road to next year's "Infinity War."
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 James Gunn deserves credit for several of the bold choices that he makes with "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," but the decision to kill Yondu is arguably the boldest. The fan-favorite Ravager went out like a real hero, and his funeral clearly showed the destruction of his body.
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One of the most surprising aspects of the entire "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" story is the fact that we actually get to see portions of contemporary Earth when Ego's plan finally begins to come into focus. The seed he planted on Earth caused immense damage, and it's clear that this event did not go unnoticed by the townsfolk who almost died. That raises the question of how humanity will respond.
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"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" features five credits scenes, but only one seems to have direct and specific implications over the narrative of the next film: the introduction of Adam Warlock . A creation of Ayesha in this incarnation of the Marvel universe, it seems that Adam will begin his Marvel Cinematic Universe tenure as an enemy of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
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The INSIDER Summary: Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper voice Baby Groot and Rocket Raccoon in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." The characters aren't all CGI. They're really on set, too. A combination of visual effects, actor stand-ins, and dolls bring the characters to life.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is now in theaters and while you may easily notice Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and more of the film's first cast in the sequel, two of other familiar faces return to lend their voices to the cast.
"Fate of the Furious" star Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper return to bring the adorable tree creature Baby Groot and feisty raccoon — or trash panda — Rocket to life.
While we see the two in the film like this:
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They actually look a bit different on set. 
Director James Gunn's brother, Sean Gunn, fills in for Rocket Raccoon on set. Here's how he looked while filming the first movie.
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If Sean Gunn looks familiar, it's because he's doing doubletime as both the onscreen Rocket and Yondu's Ravager sidekick, Kraglin. 
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Special effects makeup designer David White also made two life-size versions of Rocket Raccoon along with a bust of Groot as aids for visual effects and lighting for the first film.
"The reason the filmmakers wanted these is because they take them onto the set and they put them in little chairs and they put them next to the doors and it gives them a good indication of where visual effects needs to pick up and whether Rocket can actually reach certain things or use certain devices," White said in the first film's production notes. "Also they offer them up to the camera at the end of the shot and it just gives them an extra little hint of the lighting because they’re actually painted exactly as they want."
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We want one of these so much.
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Behind-the-scenes, Bradley Cooper gets rigged up to voice the character. He's wearing a suit to capture his movements while performing.
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In the first film, polish actor Krystian Godlewski wore a motion capture suit to give the physical cues for Groot and provide a model for actors to look at while filming.
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Yes, that is a bust of Groot's head atop a blue suit.
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In the sequel, a miniature version of Baby Groot was used on set to stand in for the character. 
Visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend and his team built a ten-inch maquette of Baby Groot to add to scenes to aid with creating a CG character on screen.
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You can spot Baby Groot in b-roll footage released for the sequel. Here he is standing near Drax during filming of the movie's opening fight sequence.
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Unlike Cooper, Vin Diesel comes to work in his regular clothes to voice Baby Groot.
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In case you're wondering, Diesel did do the voice for Baby Groot in the sequel. According to Entertainment Tonight , very little modification was done to Vin Diesel's performance for Baby Groot. Diesel has been imitating cartoon characters since he was young.
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