Box Office: ‘Guardians of Galaxy’ Skyrockets Past $200 Million

Guardians of the Galaxy

“Guardians of Galaxy” has skyrocketed past the $200 million mark at the box office.

Disney-Marvel’s intergalactic pic reached the epic milestone on Friday, in just 15 days, and will haul as much as $221 million by Sunday. After opening to a whopping $94.3 million (and crushing the record for August’s top debut), “Guardians” has been runner-up to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at the box office for the last two consecutive weekends.

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“Guardians” earned $7 million on Friday en route for a $23 million weekend.

The sci-fi adventure about a rag-tag group of heroes, which cost $170 million to produce, is a hit with both critics and audiences, earning 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (the voice of Rocket) and Vin Diesel (the voice of Groot). A sequel has already been slated for July 28, 2017.

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“Guardians” is on its way to becoming the top summer film Stateside. Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the current domestic leader with $243.1 million. The fourth pic in Michael Bay’s growing franchise is also the only movie to cross $1 billion worldwide this year, having earned most of its money (over 75%) overseas.

With $236.4 million, Disney’s “Maleficent” is the summer’s current no. 2 movie. Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is third with $232.2 million, “Guardians” is fourth based on Friday figures with $204.5 million and Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ rounds out the top five with $202.8 million.

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  1. David Dutta says:

    Nobody has expect this much from this movie it is really fntcy.

  2. Really loved that film! What a ride!

  3. ivysun1017 says:

    Captain America 2 made more domestically than all of them!

    • jeremyedizon says:

      *top SUMMER film Stateside.

      Cap 2 was released in April hence not part of the summer season fare.

      • Jenovo says:

        1) Captain America wasn’t a SUmmer film.
        2) Guardians will make $220M by Monday. Barring some catastrophe, the film is more than capable of earning an additional $39M between now and the end of its domestic run in Fall. If it does that, it will become the highest-grossing film of 2014.

  4. Paul lane says:

    The people love well made Science Fiction. Disney knows.. Most Hollywood Execs have no clue because they don, t read books

  5. John holland says:

    Did you forget about the captain America? Cap got about 259 million in the domestic box office.

  6. bud0011 says:

    “After opening to a whopping $94.3 million (and crushing the record for August’s top debut), “Guardians” has been runner-up to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at the box office for the last two consecutive weekends.”

    Turtles have only been out for a week, so two weekends haven’t passed

    • anthony says:

      Yes this article is not the most acurate, and Keira you cannot base the outcome of a movies box office by a single day you have to look at entire weeks and weekends guardians has outgrossed captain America the winter soldier which is the top grossing movie of the year by 23m during the weekdays and matching its weekends .

  7. anthony says:

    captain America is #1 stateside with with 259 m and the Lego movie # 2 with 257m transformers is # 3 and guardians is on pace for 270 m to 290m.

    • Keira says:

      Actually, Captain America and The Lego Movie are not #1 and #2 because this article is talking about Summer box office, which started in May. Those two were well before the summer.

      Also, given Friday’s results for Guardians of the Galaxy, it may drop significantly now and get less than the expected ~$270 million, as yesterday actually saw much less gross than Captain America, despite all previous days being significantly higher.

      • no one cares about summer box office, it’s hopefully gonna win the year

      • Steve says:

        With GotG, people seems to flock to cinema in weekdays, making the situation unpredictable. It will finish at least over 260 million. 270, probably, but hardly more than than 280.

      • Erik says:

        The coinciding Friday for Captain America this weekend was Good Friday, so it got the holiday bump. You’ll notice it’s Sunday dropped considerably that weekend.

  8. Robe says:

    I hope Guardians does hit $300,000,000.00 domestic it deserves it.

  9. Also, I think Guardians will exceed expectations again this weekend and reach $225 million domestically this weekend by grossing $11.5 million today and $9 million tomorrow.

  10. I have faith Guardians of the Galaxy will reach $300 million by the end of its domestic run and will be the only film of this year to do so.

    • Fred says:

      Oh really, I think you’re forgetting about one upcoming film this Fall, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”. I’m not a HG fan at all, but I know better than to sleep on it’s box office as you should as well. “Mockingjay Part 1” will be the year’s biggest domestic hit, that’s just inevitable. Both of the Hunger Games’ films have grossed over 400 million domestic which pretty much says it all. I do think GOTG could potentially end up being the second highest grossing domestic film this year behind THG.

    • Keira says:

      The only film this year to hit $300 million? The Hunger Games 1 and 2 earned $408m and $425m, respectively, and you predict the third film will see a 30% drop? You’re crazy.

      The Hobbit also has a very good chance of passing $300 million – it’s the final Middle-earth film, and the drop from the first to the second Hobbit film can easily be reversed by this, plus the positive reception of Hobbit 2 compared to the bad reception of Hobbit 1.

      Then there’s Interstellar. Inception earned $292 million, and Interstellar would earn higher than $300m if it matched Inception’s ticket sales, which it is poised to do. Nolan’s last two Batman films made $450m and $535m so it’s set to do very well.

      Even if The Hobbit and Interstellar are borderline, The Hunger Games is a guaranteed $400 million, so I don’t know what you’re talking about – particularly when it’s very unlikely Guardians of the Galaxy will have that sort of hold. It will get $270 million maybe, perhaps a little higher, but $300 million won’t happen.

      • Fred says:

        Perhaps this guy forgot all about ‘The Hunger Games’ which I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he did. Technically as far as number of 200 million grossing domestic films goes, 2014 will pretty much end up on par with 2012 & 2013 which had 11 & 12 films gross over 200 million domestic respectfully. 2014 should see 12 films gross over 200 million domestic, the big difference is 2012 had 5 films that grossed at least 300 million domestic and 2013 had 4, this year will most likely only see one with “Mockingjay Part 1”. I think ‘Hobbit 3’ has a slight chance since it’s the final film in the series, but it’s still going to be tough. I think “Interstellar” will be a big hit, but I don’t really see it hitting 300 million domestic, too tough of a year.

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