Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Claims Summer Box Office Crown written by Sean Gerber August 25, 2014 In its fourth weekend, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY returned to the top of the U.S. box office. While besting newcomers IF IT STAY and SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Marvel Studios’ tenth feature brought in $17.3 million over the weekend, raising its domestic total to $251.5 million, the best of any film released this summer. Within the next week, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will surpass Marvel’s own CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER ($259.8 million) to become the highest grossing film of the year domestically. The success of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is not restricted to U.S. borders. The film has not opened in some major markets like China and Japan yet, but has still amassed $237.6 million for a worldwide total of $489.1 million. GUARDIANS now only trails IRON MAN as Marvel’s best franchise debut film (not counting THE AVENGERS since that was really an inter-franchise sequel). GUARDIANS is not far off of IRON MAN’s pace, so it is possible for director James Gunn’s space epic to catch those $318.4 million domestic and $585.2 million worldwide totals. Regardless of where GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ends up when it leaves theaters, it is safe to say the film is already a massive success for Disney and Marvel Studios. Loved by critics and audiences, GUARDIANS is a testament to the strength and reliability of the Marvel brand. In a market where most moviegoers are only backing the names they know, this kind of branding power is going to be invaluable in the future. That Marvel was able to reward consumers’ faith with something as obscure, but great as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY bodes well for ANT-MAN in 2015 and a potential INHUMANS film later on down the line. Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Claims Summer Box Office Crown was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Guardians of the GalaxyMarvelMarvel Cinematic Universe 10 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Star Wars With Friends #6- The Clone Wars: Theatrical Release next post Open Forum: FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR You may also like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Vin Diesel Is... July 31, 2014 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Goes Mobile With... July 17, 2014 New Images From GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY... July 15, 2014 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY In Singapore July 10, 2014 Get Away With GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! July 3, 2014 Hot Toys Goes Deadly With Gamora From... August 8, 2014 Grateful James Gunn Already ‘Hard At Work’... August 3, 2014 Feel The Spirit Of GUARDIANS OF THE... May 19, 2014 New Logos for Marvel Films & Concept... July 20, 2013 Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2... February 17, 2016 Adrian Edmondson After GOTG finishes it run , the whole ” this is a big risk ” comment/arguement can finally be put to rest . While I liked Cap more than any CBM this year , GOTG was pretty awesome . Make mine Marvel , nuff said … Robert Reineke With school back in session for much of the US, $300 million, let alone $318 million, is still a long shot. It’s definitely a big success, but I think Iron Man is safe. It has been kind of a lackluster summer considering that Man of Steel’s $291 million domestic would have had it solidly in first place to this point. Sean Gerber IRON MAN will probably hold onto its domestic crown, but I think GOTG has a good chance at finishing with a higher worldwide total. Either way, big win for Marvel. Robert Reineke Definitely a big win. I’d also point to the success of TMNT as showing that there’s room for more than one successful comic book movie, even on back to back weeks. stock Well deserved, and I’m still yet to see it a second time. Don’t know about domestic gross, but I’d give a shout out to Dawn of the POTA, for quality anyway, IMO. Know it wasn’t discussed here at length, but it was a damn good summer movie. Robert Reineke I was very pleased with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as well. To me, Dawn of the POTA, X-Men: DOFP, Edge of Tomorrow, and Guardians of the Galaxy were the class of the summer. At least as far as big, wide release blockbusters go. stock I didn’t care for DOFP, and I was hoping I would, but the main problem for me was too many characters seemed to be there just to show a particular super-power, and not to be utilized as full characters. Didn’t see Edge of Tomorrow because Tom Cruise gives me the heebie jeebies. I will only watch his movies in the safety of my own home. Robert Reineke Well the good news if you’re not a fan is that you can watch Tom Cruise die over and over in Edge of Tomorrow. It’s a movie for Tom Cruise haters and lovers alike. Plus, Bill Paxton is really used to full effect. stock Not that he can’t be good. He was good in War of the Worlds, but I think he missed a golden opportunity when he didn’t play Hitler in Valkyrie. A role he was put on this earth to play, IMO. Favorite Paxton line is a tie between “Game over, man!” and “For Christ’s sake, cover yourself!” Naes1984 I would have guessed Captain America 2, ASM 2, and X-Men: DOFP would go over Guardians of the Galaxy’s head.