The weekend estimates are in and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, frequently labeled as Marvel’s biggest gamble, is now the studio’s latest record breaker. With $94 million dollars earned in its first three days, GUARDIANS has shattered the previous mark for an opening weekend in August, which was $69.3 million for THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM in 2007. With an additional $66.4 million picked up overseas, GUARDIANS has now amassed a worldwide total of $160.4 million.
The film has almost made back its $170 million budget while only opening in about half of the international territories in which it will eventually show. Key markets like China and Australia have yet to weigh in. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is a massive success that should continue paying dividends for Marvel Studios based on high marks from critics (92% on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers, as the film received the coveted “A” CinemaScore.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY clearly has the strong legs needed to withstand what remains of its summer box office competition.