It’s another day, another milestone for “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Or maybe two.
The Marvel-Disney tentpole has earned $300 million at both the domestic and foreign box offices. “Guardians,” the highest grossing film of the year in the U.S., hit the mark on Friday and will make over $305 million Stateside by Sunday. It will cross $600 million worldwide by Saturday.
“Guardians” is the only movie of the year to cross $300 million domestically. Fellow Marvel-Disney blockbuster “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed $259.7 million, Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” hauled $257.7 million and Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” reeled in $244.8 million. “Transformers,” however, is the global champ with $1.07 billion. The bulk of its revenues came from China, where “Guardians” won’t debut for another month.
After three consecutive weekends at number one, the intergalactic pic came in third on Friday behind new releases “No Good Deed” and “Dolphin Tale 2.”
The sci-fi adventure about a rag-tag group of heroes, which cost $170 million to produce, opened to a higher-than-anticipated $94.3 million (crushing the record for August’s top debut) at the beginning of August. Since then, the pic has continued to surprise week after week.
The film is 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). “Guardians 2” has already been slated for July 28, 2017.