Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy earned $94.3 million at the box office in its weekend debut making the biggest August opening of all time.
Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie adaptation of Marvel’s comics, became the third-highest opening of 2014 next to the $95 million debut of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in April and the $100 million opening of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” in June.
Guardians pulled $66.4 million in Russia, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, and the United Kingdom implying its appeal to everyone from families to fanboys.
In a pre-release survey, the movie earned excellent reviews and was thought to do better than $80 million.
CinemaScore, a market-research firm, said the audiences, whom men take more than half of the proportion, gave great feedback and foresee a $170 million production. The film is also expected to have a long and profitable run in theatres in weeks to come.
Meanwhile, Disney theatrical distribution president Dave Hollis expressed, “You come into a weekend where the summer has been soft and you hope you don’t have any of that linger into your weekend. Here it turned out to maybe be a benefit—there was a pent-up interest to see something fresh and original.”
The science-fiction adventure-comedy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista. The cast was very grateful with the result of the film.
“Thank you everyone watching #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy this weekend! We’re all so happy that people are loving it. Stay for the credits, not just the awesome post credit sequence but to read the hundreds if not thousands of names responsible for bringing it to the screen. #grateful,” posted Chris Pratt in his official Facebook page on Saturday night.
Guardians is the 10th movie produced by Marvel in six years and a sequel is expected to be released in 2017.
Before the Guardians of the Galaxy, the previous August record holder was 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum with $69.3 million gross.
Reinalore P. Guimbaolibot
LNU ABCom Intern