The intergalactic box office sensation of the summer, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, has now taken over £20 million at the UK & Ireland box office overtaking the total box office records of the first instalments of Iron Man (£17.2m), Thor (£14m) and Captain America (£10.4m) and smashing the box office totals of Thor: The Dark World (£20.1m) and Captain America: The Winter Solider (£19.3m). The film is set to be the UK’s third biggest film in the Marvel Studios cinematic universe, only behind 2012’s Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and last year’s Iron Man 3.
Filmed at Shepperton Studios in the UK, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is exceeding all box office expectations and has become a global sensation taking over $420million to date in worldwide box office with Germany, Italy, China and Japan still to open. The soundtrack, featuring classic tracks such as Blue Swede’s Hooked on a Feeling and the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, also topped the US billboard chart and is the second biggest soundtrack of the year, behind Disney’s Frozen – in the UK the soundtrack hit #2 on the iTunes album chart.
Produced by Marvel (the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Avengers Assemble), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Quill 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.
The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.
James Gunn directs with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers.
Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and is in cinemas across the UK, in 2D, 3D, 3D IMAX now.
Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy digital score soundtrack are available now
Awesome Mix Tape, Vol. 1 track list follows:
1. “Hooked on a Feeling” Performed by Blue Swede
2. “Go All the Way” Performed by Raspberries
3. “Spirit in the Sky”* Performed by Norman Greenbaum
4. “Moonage Daydream” Performed by David Bowie
5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” Performed by Elvin Bishop
6. “I’m Not in Love” Performed by 10cc
7. “I Want You Back” Performed by Jackson 5
8. “Come and Get Your Love” Performed by Redbone
9. “Cherry Bomb” Performed by The Runaways
10. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” Performed by Rupert Holmes
11. “O-O-H Child” Performed by The Five Stairsteps
12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
*Not in film