I loved James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can read my review of this wonderful, fresh and often hilarious film here. Clearly I wasn’t alone, and Marvel’s risky Summer blockbuster has now surpassed Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest grossing film in the US so far this year.
This has been the worst summer at the box office since 2006, but that shouldn’t take away the fact that the Guardians conquered, and thankfully beat what was expected to be one of the big hitters, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The Guardians once again took top place this weekend after some pretty poor releases failed to make an impact, and Gunn’s film is expected to bring in $20 million this weekend, which will put its box office haul in the US so far at $278.8 million. Captain America: The Winter Soldier wad the previous highest grossing film of the year with $259.7 million, so Guardians has now passed that, and is still on general release.
Experts are saying that Guardians of the Galaxy is expected to finish its US run on $320 million.
Whether this is enough to achieve the highest grossing film of the year is doubtful as there are a few really string film due later this year. November see’s the release of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar on the 7th, and also the first of the two part Hunger Games finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 on the 21st.
December then see’s the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the 12th. I expect all three of these films to surpass Guardians of the Galaxy, but it does make me extremely happy knowing one of my favourite films of the year is currently the biggest film of the year.
A huge “oh yeah” all round! Best we all dance like baby Groot to celebrate!
Here is how the US box office chart looks so far this year:
|Rank||Title||Total US Gross|
|1.||Guardians of the Galaxy||$262,142,000|
|2.||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||$259,766,572|
|3.||The LEGO Movie||$257,750,402|
|4.||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$243,950,966|
|6.||X-Men: Days of Future Past||$232,814,528|
|7.||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||$204,419,991|
|8.||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||$202,853,933|
|10.||22 Jump Street||$190,267,743|
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.
The film was released in UK cinemas July 31st.
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.