Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lands with $94 Million

     August 3, 2014


The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has just set a new opening record for August with an estimated $94 million.  In fact, ‘demolished’ is probably a more accurate term.  The previous box office benchmark was $69.3 million, set back in 2007 by The Bourne Ultimatum.  The weekend’s other new release, the James Brown biopic Get On Up, came in third with an estimated $14 million.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Guardians of the Galaxy $94,000,000 $94
2.  Lucy $18,300,000 $71
3.  Get On Up $14,000,000 $14
4.  Hercules $10,700,000 $52.3
5.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8,700,000 $189.3
6.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $6,424,000 $47.6
7.  The Purge: Anarchy $5,551,000 $62.9
8.  Sex Tape $3,550,000 $33.9
9.  And So It Goes $3,344,000 $10.4
10.  A Most Wanted Man $3,324,000 $7

Full story after the jump.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-movie-posterIt’s been a long time since this summer’s box office had something to celebrate.  Six weeks ago Transformers: Age of Extinction became the only release of 2014 to open above $100 million, although in the larger picture its performance paled in comparison to previous releases in the series.  X-Men: Days of Future Past and 22 Jump Street both outperformed their predecessors – but they came out in May and June, respectively.  Since then it’s been one losing frame after another.

Little wonder that Guardians of the Galaxy was so highly-anticipated.  Since 2012, when Marvel’s The Avengers opened to an astounding $207 million, any film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been catnip for audiences.  Even so, Guardians of the Galaxy seemed like a harder sell than your average Avengers spin-off.  The eponymous Guardians were an odd lot that lacked a true following outside of the comics.  Even more notably, Guardians had no clear connection to the rest of the Marvel universe, which meant that the fabled ‘Avengers-bump’ might not be in play this time out.

The unknown element was part of the reason Disney/Marvel chose August to launch Guardians of the Galaxy.  As you can probably tell by The Bourne Ultimatum’s long standing record, August is not usually host to outsized opening weekends.  This is also the first time that Marvel has opened one of its properties so late in summer.  In 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger premiered towards the end of July, and Thor: The Dark World opened last November, but all other Marvel titles have hit in the heart of summer.

Here’s a look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to this point:

 Title Opening Domestic Global
1.  Iron Man (2008) $98.6 $318.4 $585.1
2.  The Incredible Hulk (2008) $55.4 $134.8 $263.4
3.  Iron Man 2 (2010) $128.1 $312.4 $623.9
4.  Thor (2011) $65.7 $181 $449.3
5.  Captain America (2011) $65 $176.6 $368.6
6.  Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) $207.4 $623.3 $1.5 bil.
7.  Iron Man 3 (2013) $174.1 $409 $806.4
8.  Thor: The Dark World (2013) $85.7 $206.3 $644.7
9.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $95 $258.9 $713.2


Today’s estimate for Guardians of the Galaxy puts it on par with Captain America 2 – no small accomplishment considering the latter is currently 2014’s highest-grossing release.  Most projections had Guardians opening with about $75 million, or right between the two Thor features.  Instead, Guardians of the Galaxy ended up topping Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past to become this year’s third-highest debut.  Transformers 4 is still the champ.

In the shadow of Guardians of the Galaxy, the rest of this weekend’s features struggled.  Lucy, last weekend’s top film, was down 58% in its sophomore frame –  though that was a mild drop compared to the -64% of Hercules.  Universal’s Get On Up was the only other new face at the box office; and while the biopic’s $14 debut was dwarfed by the might of Marvel, this morning’s estimate was in line with Universal’s pre-release expectations.

The weekend’s total domestic box office gross exceeded $183 million: up 32 percent over last year.  This morning’s record-breaking launch, and the fact that the film is indeed “the best reviewed blockbuster of the year,” should help Guardians hold on to the top spot for a second frame.  Among the handful of new releases opening next weekend, the only real threat to Marvel will come from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, which is expected to open with just under $40 million.  If both Guardians and Turtles perform as expected, 2014 could actually achieve the unthinkable: two winning weekends in a row!  It’s sad that box office success has to be measured in such trifling terms, but at this point in the season we’ll take a win where we can get it.


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  • TigerFIST

    I’m very happy for the film. I wish it would’ve hit 100 mil. Hopefully it won’t drop as much next week.

    • Random Bystander

      Give it a week, it hasn’t opened internationally yet.

      • jack

        It already did. Combined International + domestic will take it to 160 something

      • TigerFIST

        I mean domestic only

    • Barry Allen

      I am a DC fan and I have to say Marvel just knows how to handle these characters…..too many weapons on the big screen for them. I can only hope DC get’s things going soon.

      • lord jim

        DC doesn´t do movies.

  • Guest

    This year’s most overrated movie.

    • jmd

      there’s always one…

      • Steven

        Go send Kevin Feige more fan mail.

      • jack

        No thanks. All I was replying to was your extreme exaggeration that it’s the “most overrated movie of the year.” It’s your opinion that it wasn’t that great just like it’s the reviewers opinions that it was that great. It’s best never to write in superlatives where opinion determines the quality of something

      • mattinacan

        Ooo you’re so edgy not liking something that is obviously great

      • Steven

        I said its overrated, I didn’t say I didn’t like it.

    • Punisher > Steven

      I’m guessing you’re one of those idiots that are excited for TMNT? lol

      • Steven

        Yeah I’m an idiot for not foaming at the mouth over some camp sci fi movie with that guy from Parks and recreation.

        I actually liked it but its hardly as good as people are hailing it to be.

      • JayF

        RAWR TROLL RAWR! Ok, your job is done. Thank you.

      • brNdon

        Somebody is bitter about something…

      • vpuik

        Actually it’s just as good as everyone says it is. See, we can both do that.

      • Mezmero

        No it was but I’m not saying TMNT is going to suck.

      • Lovecraftlives

        I think he is…

      • Mezmero

        It actually looks like a good movie that’s why people want to see it. Your still mad they didn’t use costumes from 90′s or are you one of those people who knew nothing about TMNT but you claims to be a fan? Dude get over it early reviews proved you wrong and your trying to cover your loss.

      • Steven

        Cant say I care much about the TMNT movie.

        I love The Hobbit movies though, which no doubt makes me equally as idiotic in your eyes

    • Lovecraftlives

      Bullshit! One of the years best, asswipe!

      • Steven

        Yeah call people names when they have an opposing opinion. I’m sure you’re a fountain of knowledge.

      • Matt1

        It’s not that you have an unpopular opinion, it’s that your opinion has nothing to back it up. Simply stating “overrated” is an invalid argument. Try providing some insight so you don’t come across as just another internet troll.
        For example, I loved the movie because it had strong character development, intelligent screenwriting, and awesome action scenes. The film knew exactly what it was, and delivered on it’s promises from the marketing.
        Put some effort into your comments.

      • Steven

        It was a CG fest with a very worn out plot. The villain was just another filler villain (like Thor 2 & IM3). The action was unmemorable.

        The main heroes were awesome but the rest of the film let them down. Whedon would delivered something more substantial imo.

      • brNdon

        You mean they didn’t shoot those scenes IN outer space? I feel like such a fool. Wait… Please don’t tell me that Gravity was full of CG as well. Ugh!

      • dudu

        Whedon’s Avengers had the same strengths and weaknesses as GotG.

    • YodaRocks

      The Fault in our stars

    • Elmaskador75

      The same thing is said about your mom, and she still gets business…

  • Romsy

    Damn, Chris Pratt hitting home runs with lead roles in LEGO Movie and GoTG back to back. Its a good bet Jurassic World will make it 3 hits in a row. He just might be the next bankable leading man in Hollywood.

    • Star-Lord….WHO!?

      Marvel seems to do that for their stars. Just look what happened to RDJ and Chris Hemsworth. They’re in the Top 3 highest paid actors group. Chris Evans and Pratt will join them shortly after their boost in popularity following GotG and Cap 2.

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    • Jim

      Good for him! It’s very rare that TV stars successfully make that jump (Taylor Kitsch, most of the cast from Friends). I’m hoping his role in Jurassic World is more serious so Pratt doesn’t get forever typecast as the comically bumbling badass-in-training.

      • Neven

        If by “most of the cast from Friends” you mean Jennifer Aniston, than yeah, I agree.

      • Harry

        He was using examples of people who failed. Taylor Kitsch had 3 bombs in 2012, that’s not successful at all. Most of the cast of Friends failed to make the transition besides Aniston.

  • Strong Enough

    Nicole great job with the script. I saw you wrote it!

    • Django9000

      … Is that really the same Nicole Pedersen? Can I write box office reports reviews of my own movie too?

      • Strong Enough

        Yes you can!

      • NICK-OLE

        No surprise, Nicole is Matt Goldberg, too…

  • TigerFIST

    I thought it was great enough. 8.5/10

  • DEADP00L

    I am so glad Marvel exists. I am sick to death of dark angst superheroes *ahem* Batman V Superman. I am never going near that movie, way too much baggage on it now anyways. And I dont mean the number of heroes in it.

    • vpuik

      I’ll go see BvS. It has to be more entertaining than MoS. Too bad pretty much all dc movies are one and done.

      • DEADP00L

        After GOTG I doubt it’ll be that entertaining. I mean thus far it is taking itself waaaaay too seriously.

      • TheDarkNut

        Marvel =Tombstone while DC/WB = Unforgiven. Different approaches.

      • TheDarkNut

        BvS is the second movie in the DCCU..is not one and done.

      • vpuik

        Rewatchability. Is that a word?

    • Steven

      The Punisher facepalms all over that comment.

    • Tommy

      I think Captain America 2 was the perfect “serious” comic book movie.

      It was serious without being grim and joyless.

      It had actual humanity and heart. Man of Steel tried, and had the illusion of depth and pathos, but it was posturing. Like a Creed album cover, there’s nothing actually there.

  • Alessio Pasquali

    Alright, Marvel fans and/or movie fans in America. LISTEN UP. The weekend estimates for Guardians of the Galaxy report it opened up $94 million, but, while we are at it, let’s try to get it to make an extra $1.1 million dollars to beat Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s opening weekend record by the end of the night. It might not beat Transformers 4, well, maybe it could if it pulls an Avengers surprise, but it might be able to beat Captain America 2′s opening weekend record. SO, C’MON GUYS. DONT STOP, KEEP GOING. HURRY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. LET’S DO IT.

    • dudu

      I’ll go see it again. Who’s with me?

    • lord jim

      why do you want to beat other movies, how the hell is this important, what is your agenda?or is that some new kind of sport in the “land of the free?”

  • jocab_w

    It’s amazing that an obscure property like the Guardians of the Galaxy could even have a ~$200 million movie based on it greenlit. It’s even more incredible that it’s performing as well as it is.

    This proves that films that audiences are completely unfamiliar with can do well at the box office, which gives me hope.

  • YodaRocks

    Finally America is giving money where it is deserved.

  • davey

    I don’t usually care for Marvel movies and I loved it, as did my 9 year old, so it seems that found a movie making sweet spot with Guardians….Chris Pratt is going to be a big star.

    • chris

      what was your 9 year old’s reaction to the dirty jokes, particularly one middle finger scene?

      • davey

        Nothing she hasn’t heard or seen at school already. This is 2014 – and I don’t have any qualms about taking a level-headed kid to see a well written, well made movie with a couple of lines of juvenile dialog and a scene with a raised middle finger. The Jackson Pollock scene went right over her head too, which is probably for the best.

  • TigerFIST

    Ironman 3 made 1.2 billion worldwide…

    • Aquartertoseven

      And it deserved it, 8.5/10 movie, just like you said below.

  • appolox

    As Mathew McConaughey would say. Alright alright alriiiiiiiiiight.

  • Old Soldier

    I had something to say, but I was distracted by the contortionist at the bottom of the page.

  • Matt

    My personal Top 5 MCU Ranking List:
    1. The Avengers
    2. Guardians of the Galaxy
    3. Iron Man 3
    4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    5. Iron Man

    What are YOUR Top 5? GO!

    • BatemanBegins

      I’ll bite.
      1. The Avengers
      2. Iron Man 3
      3. Guardians of the Galaxy
      4. Iron Man
      5. Captain America: The First Avenger

    • vpuik

      I’d go with:

      1: Avengers / GotG
      2: the winter soldier
      3: Iron Man
      4: The Dark World
      5: First Avenger

    • dudu

      1. Cap 2 – TWS
      2. Avengers
      3. GotG
      4. IM3
      5. Thor
      6. IM
      7. Captain America – TFA
      8. The Incredible Hulk
      9. IM2
      10. Thor 2

      I can’t believe they made 10 movies already.

      • JBug

        Exact same as mine!

    • Matt1

      1. Avengers
      2. Iron Man
      3. Guardians of the Galaxy
      4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
      5. Captain America: The First Avenger

    • DEADP00L

      By marvel studios?

      3.The Avengers
      4.Iron Man 2
      5.Iron Man

    • Steven

      1. The Avengers
      2. Iron Man
      3. Cap 2
      4. Thor
      5. The Incredible Hulk

  • Joseph M

    I am Groot.

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  • NichkhunHorvejkul

    The numbers for IM3 are off. It made 1.3 billion worldwide.

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  • João Paulo

    This is great for Guardians and is definitely the beginning of a big franchise.

  • DeathoftheEndless7

    Eh, its pretty good, not great.

  • mattinacan

    the best marvel film so far by a wide margin. And please don’t be a turd blosson by mentioning garbage like Transformers and TMNT in the same article as GOTG.

  • salfie

    So I really enjoy the Marvel films and I was truly excited to see GotG but was kind of underwhelmed by it. Firstly I should say that I was pretty happy with the main team. I thought they had great chemistry and they were truly fun to watch. I think my problems with the film had to do with the script and how clunky it was in some places. I was honestly surprised by some of the exposition at times and how direct it sounded. Also as with most of the Marvel canon so far, the villains were underwhelming or an afterthought. I’m actually curious who will return in the sequel now that Ronan and Korath are dead. I don’t want to get too down on this movie, but I think it’s sort of average, maybe a B rating. Anyone else feel similar?

    • mbmarquis69

      I’m right there with you. I walked in excited to see something weird, funny and incredibly fun and walked out disappointed. It just didn’t work for me. It’s great that it’s doing so well. We need more off-the-wall movies like GOTG. But I was disappointed by the script and the glaring chunks of exposition and characters who stated things rather than allowing the story to show it. And don’t even get me started on the villains. I cringed every moment they were on screen.

      Groot was kind of amazing though. Groot needs his own movie.

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  • milo

    Amazing opening and since it’s not a sequel it should have better legs than most blockbusters. Especially with the great reviews and A cinemascore. Good chance this is the biggest movie of the summer and probably the year so far (although Mockingjay will make more when it comes out).

    And hey, what happened to the folks that insisted this would flop? If I remember correctly, someone said it would make less than the Hellboy movies? Already past both of those full theatrical runs in one weekend.

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