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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Could Earn a Record $70 Million This Weekend


It wasn’t long ago that Guardians of the Galaxy, with a cast of characters most movie-goers had never heard of, was viewed as Marvel Studios’ biggest gamble to date. But as the clock ticks down to its premiere, the future looks bright for director James Gunn’s space adventure.

Opening Friday in North America on 4,080 screens — the widest-ever August release — Guardians arrives to critical acclaim, with a 93-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also premieres this weekend in the United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico and Brazil, and has been “tentatively approved for Chinese distribution (although a date hasn’t been announced).

Conservative estimates have Guardians grossing $65 million in its first weekend at the North American box office, but some industry watchers predict the film could pull closer to $70 million, which would make it the best August opening of all time. The Bourne Ultimatum now holds the record with $69.2 million.

The James Brown biopic Get on Up is the only other new release this weekend, though last week’s biggest earner Lucy and Hercules are still out there. Disney and Marvel are so high on the film that they announced a sequel at Comic-Con International the sequel will arrive July 28, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou , John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, TheWrap)


  • lewis4510

    A $75 million opening wouldn’t surprise me.

  • demoncat_4

    a 75 mllion opening would not surprise me given that a marvel film has a habbit of making that sooner or later. espically now given how obscure the characters are. to some movie goers

  • ElWaldorf

    I just don’t want this film to flop, but gathering from my non-comic book friends, they are really excited for this one.

  • John M

    The thing is, the movies this summer have not been that impressive. X-Men and Apes were pretty good (not to mention Edge of Tomorrow), but moviegoers just haven’t gone out in droves like past summers. So there’s still untapped demand for something blockbuster and good.

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  • alex

    I think it looks better than most films this summer. Other than having the ‘Marvel’ title on it, it doesn’t look like the average super-hero adaption. I think it looks better than an adaption of the old Valentino Guardians of the Galaxy comicbook.
    Speaking of which, where is the Shadowhawk movie? :)

  • bash99

    getting very pumped up to see this film!!

    On the one hand, its hard to believe this has made it to the screen before a Wonder Woman movie. On the other hand, I think the fact that Marvel characters’ relative obscurity compared to DC’s makes it easier for Marvel to creatively rework the characters in a way that makes the films successful. You don’t see people fighting over the “definitive” version of Drax the way they do about Superman.

  • Joshua Nelson

    Look, I know I’m probably grasping for hope leading up to my own personal “Phantom Menace” moment, but please let this movie bury and make a non-starter of TMNT. I have no doubt I’ll enjoy this, but broadly speaking the GOTG can not only save the universe in their movie, but they have an opportunity to stomp out some real evil and make a whole generation of TMNT fans not have to temper their enthusiasm for the property…

  • Alessio Pasquali

    I have faith, with all the positive reviews, buzz, and word-of-mouth, that Guardians will surprise with a $100 million dollar plus debut in its domestic 3.5 day opening weekend. And, I also believe Guardians will become Marvel’s next worldwide billion dollar hit when it comes out tomorrow night. I mean stranger things have happened.