I watched Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday, and I can confirm that the film is amazing, fresh and full of energy. In my humble opinion, it is the best Marvel film to date, and it gives me great pleasure to report that the film is breaking box office records. My review will be up in the next day or so, but for now trust me and believe the hype, Guardians of the Galaxy is awesome.
It was reported earlier this week that James Gunn’s “dangerous” Marvel film was the highest pre-sold film ever in the US for the month of August, and the unlikely heroes team up opened on Thursday night with a whopping $11.2 million, which beats Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s massive $10.2 million Thursday opening (both after 7pm).
Guardians of the Galaxy then opened in 4080 locations in the US on Friday, and grossed a spectacular $36.9 million, putting the film in third place this year for a Friday opening (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction and Godzilla).
A blistering marketing campaign by Marvel, along with a great cast and some terrific reviews and word of mouth, has seen the Guardians blow all expectations. Based on ticket pre-sales, the film was expected to open with $65 million, but with a Friday take of $36.9 million, it is clear the film has surpassed expectations.
Guardians of the Galaxy is now expected to achieve just shy of $100 million this weekend, making it a better opening than Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). Some are saying that Guardians of the Galaxy may even pass the $100 million mark in its opening weekend, something that has only been achieved once so far this year (Transformers: Age of Extinction opened with $100.038 in June), and only 27 times ever.
Four other titles have opened above $90 million in 2014 — Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter soldier” with $95 million, Warner-Legendary’s “Godzilla” with $93 million, Sony’s “Amazing Spider-Man 2? with $91.6 million and Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with $90.8 million.
The previous August record holder was The Bourne Ultimatum which opened with $69.2 million, which Guardians is expected to annihilate.
Strong word of mouth should see the slightly curious fans heading to cinemas to see the film, and I believe recommendations from audiences will see the film last a very long time at cinemas. The showing I went to see had the audience having a great time, laughing and cheering, and people are talking very excitedly about the film and its amazing characters.
Also revealed a few days ago is a superb Lego trailer for the film, check it out next:
Guardians of the Galaxy is written and directed by James Gunn, and the cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio Del Toro.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.