Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new 2014 box office champion. After a stellar opening weekend and extremely solid legs in the following weeks, Marvel’s swell Guardians of the Galaxy now stands as the highest grossing film of the year at the domestic box office with a grand total of $262.1 million. The year’s previous champion, fittingly enough, was Marvel’s other 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which totaled out at $259.7 million domestically. Though Guardians’ worldwide total of $507.4 million is still eclipsed by The Winter Soldier’s $714 million take, the galactic film’s international rollout will continue in the weeks to come, including a Chinese debut.
Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy box office standing, why it’s unlikely to remain the champion, and an overview of the full domestic Top 10 of the year thus far.