BOX OFFICE: It's Official! GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Sets Record With $94.3M Debut

As it turns out, the estimates for Guardians of the Galaxy's opening weekend weren't all that far off as the James Gunn helmed movie ended up scoring a little over $94 million. That gives it the biggest August opening of all-time, and also the third highest debut of 2014...

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By Josh Wilding - 8/4/2014



So, the people who said that Guardians of the Galaxy would be Marvel Studios' first flop must be feeling mighty silly right about now, eh? These numbers put the James Gunn helmed movie behind only Transformers: Age of Extinction and Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the third highest debut of any 2014 release, easily topping both Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (not to mention high profile sequel's like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

This is a terrific result, and Guardians of the Galaxy's staying power will truly be tested next week when it faces off against the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Whether it stays at #1 or not though, it's another hit for Marvel and announcing a sequel for 2017 at Comic-Con last week has really paid off! What do you guys think? Share your thoughts below! 
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batz11 - 8/4/2014, 12:14 PM
Excellent, can't wait for the sequel now!
yossarian - 8/4/2014, 12:15 PM
@Josh - I'm sorry to ask, but I don't pay attention much - did you like GOTG or TASM2 more?
sKeemAn - 8/4/2014, 12:16 PM
Well deserved. Long Live the MCU.
StarYeezus - 8/4/2014, 12:16 PM
Lol @yoss
MrCBM56 - 8/4/2014, 12:17 PM
Well-[frick]ing-deserved.
NovaCorpsFan - 8/4/2014, 12:18 PM
I need to know ALL the Easter Eggs in this movie. Both the Broker's shop and Collector's museum looked like they were jam-packed with awesome shit.
blackandyellow - 8/4/2014, 12:19 PM
I've really gotten back into Skoal straight after a long hiatus. A nice big dip really helps the afternoon fly by at work.
DaVinci31 - 8/4/2014, 12:19 PM
Awesome!

yossarian - 8/4/2014, 12:20 PM
@B&Y - The GF put an end to my love for Copenhagen.
EzioKenway1225 - 8/4/2014, 12:21 PM
awesome!!. it was a reallllllly, reallly good movie..i need to see it again if i loved it or not but while the story is familiar and "been there..done that".. but the characters, the humor, the action and the emotion are so well done that i dont mind the familiar story
DefcoN - 8/4/2014, 12:21 PM
I'm going again after work. So dast good!
Pasto - 8/4/2014, 12:21 PM
Excuse me as I whip this thang out.
blackandyellow - 8/4/2014, 12:22 PM
yoss, that's a shame. Cope is usually too fine for me, but I remember having their long cut before and that was pretty good.
EzioKenway1225 - 8/4/2014, 12:23 PM
also the blue ,big dude who Groot lifted by the nose was voiced by Nathan Fillion..i am listening to the empire spoiler podcast and it has good stuff in it
Batmaniac - 8/4/2014, 12:25 PM
Excellent news! It deserves every penny it makes and then some!
AsgardianHobo - 8/4/2014, 12:25 PM
This movie was pure fun :)
charlie2094 - 8/4/2014, 12:26 PM
Great going! Outperforming Thor 1/2 & Cap 1 (almost Cap 2) is really good, especially for such a different film, though maybe that worked in it's favor in the end.

Sounds like it deserves it, looks great...still not seen it :(
yossarian - 8/4/2014, 12:27 PM
@B&Y - Yeah. I was a Cope guy.

The Browns are giving Manziel 1st team reps.

I might just become a Rams fan. If I'm going to root for a loser I should be rooting for the hometown loser.
MrPrime - 8/4/2014, 12:28 PM
Good movie. Glad to see it do well. Hopefully this will jolt WB into action.
batz11 - 8/4/2014, 12:30 PM
Yoss, did you say this to your gf about that?

JoJo1982 - 8/4/2014, 12:30 PM
Haters are on suicide watch right now
Gusto - 8/4/2014, 12:30 PM


Wow. That's 31,440,294.33 beers.
MrFridayNights - 8/4/2014, 12:31 PM
Well deserved for the CBM of the year Guardians of the Galaxy!!!!!!!'
93% on RT better than both The Avengers and Captain America:The Winter Soldier.
batz11 - 8/4/2014, 12:31 PM
Ezio, link to the podcast?
MrFridayNights - 8/4/2014, 12:31 PM
*92*
yossarian - 8/4/2014, 12:33 PM
@Batz - I will tonight. I will let you know how it goes.
MrMartinMarvel - 8/4/2014, 12:33 PM
Hello [frick], allow me to introduce you to Yes.
Nomis - 8/4/2014, 12:36 PM
Maybe they can use all that money to hire better writers for the next one!
ALegendaryPanda - 8/4/2014, 12:37 PM
AMAZING results! I freaking loved this movie, one of marvel's best and easily one of my favorite comic book movies of all time!
portgas - 8/4/2014, 12:37 PM
I hope it will get a billion
Spideysense44 - 8/4/2014, 12:38 PM
Never thought I'd see the day.. congrats Marvel
TheDudeRusty - 8/4/2014, 12:39 PM
Now make that Inhuman movie.
batz11 - 8/4/2014, 12:39 PM
Damn it @Nomis you are banned from all future GotG articles!

again lol...

BlinkyStark - 8/4/2014, 12:41 PM
Excellent movie

well deserved unlike horse craps like Man of Steel who doesn't deserve any penny
FerFogs - 8/4/2014, 12:41 PM
You guys want me to post that screenshot again or it's getting tiresome?
blackandyellow - 8/4/2014, 12:42 PM
yoss, haha yeah I saw that earlier on profootballtalk. The Browns are in for another trainwreck season.
FerFogs - 8/4/2014, 12:42 PM
OK, I'll just post this instead.

EzioKenway1225 - 8/4/2014, 12:44 PM
Batz-https://soundcloud.com/empiremagazine/guardians-of-the-galaxy-spoiler-podcast-james-gunn
ALegendaryPanda - 8/4/2014, 12:44 PM
Cap 2, Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy, it's been a damn good year for comic book movies! For me at least!
Enphlieuwince - 8/4/2014, 12:45 PM
Great job again, Marvel Studios!
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