James Gunn Responds To GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Becoming 2014's Highest Grossing Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy has ended the summer as 2014's highest grossing movie in North America after taking the #1 spot again this weekend, and director James Gunn has taken to Twitter today to both thank fans and reveal why he believes the movie has been such a success.

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By Josh Wilding - 8/30/2014

Many of us had a feeling that Guardians of the Galaxy would be something special, but it seems fair to say that we couldn't have guessed just how special the latest movie from Marvel Studios would end up being. It's not only the best reviewed superhero movie of 2014, but now also the highest grossing in North America (box office analysts believe that it will finish its run with upwards of $300 million). Writer/director James Gunn took to Facebook today to share his thoughts on its success. 

To quote my favorite little monstrosity, "Oh... Yeah."

And although io9 may be right, that people like the movie because it's funny, I like to believe it's because WE GAVE A SHIT. You aren't numbers to us. You deserve to be given something we the creators believe in and that isn't just seeking a big opening weekend. I love my characters, I care about the quality of the movie, and Marvel was cool enough to let us take some risks.

Hopefully, THAT'S the lesson - that we'll see more spectacle movies coming out of Hollywood that the filmmakers actually believe in, and that take risks, NOT just a bunch of superhero or space movies trying to be funny.


Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro, Guardians of the Galaxy is out now! What did you guys think of the movie?
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SuperCat - 8/30/2014, 7:22 PM
Seems like an affable guy. Go Gunn!
MrBlackjack - 8/30/2014, 7:22 PM
He kinda sounds like Howard Stern.
technodrome518 - 8/30/2014, 7:23 PM
Thank you for such a wonderful movie. I had a blast watching it on my two viewings. Can't wait for the Blu ray!
Cayo - 8/30/2014, 7:23 PM
They deserve this.
SuperCat - 8/30/2014, 7:25 PM
#GunnGaveAShit
DaVinci31 - 8/30/2014, 7:25 PM
StarYeezus - 8/30/2014, 7:26 PM
This guy gets it.

We need more Gunns and less Bays in Hollywood.
MrBlackjack - 8/30/2014, 7:27 PM
Like, voice wise.
MrBlackjack - 8/30/2014, 7:28 PM
StarYeezus gets it.
Pasto - 8/30/2014, 7:29 PM
Gunn you son of a bitch...

Gmoney84 - 8/30/2014, 7:29 PM
Love this movie!
Negaduck - 8/30/2014, 7:30 PM
James Gunn killed it with Guardians. Bring on part 2!
StarYeezus - 8/30/2014, 7:30 PM
Marvel needs to get it too. They dropped the ball on IM2 and TDW by being rocky with the directors. But if a few mishaps are the catalyst for Marvel taking a few lessons in humility, then so be it.
xXkryptoniteXx - 8/30/2014, 7:31 PM
Guardians deserve it
MrBlackjack - 8/30/2014, 7:31 PM
I'm still struggling to decide if I like The Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy more. Both are amazing films yet both are so different. I guess that's a reason to love Marvel; each film is its own thing and is unique.
JohnWilkesBooth - 8/30/2014, 7:32 PM
Iron Man 1, Guardians and The Winter Soldier are the only enjoyable Marvel movies. Every other movie released under their banner has been dogshiiit. And yes, I also mean Avengers. What a crock of shiiiit.
TheManFromMars - 8/30/2014, 7:32 PM
#GiveAShit
SanFranLand - 8/30/2014, 7:33 PM
We'll said.
Seems like Marvel just "gets it."
That every story, big and small, is about the people and relationships that occupy it.
Saw this 3 times. Been a loooooong time since I've seen a movie twice in a theater.
Actually only watched 3 movies this summer, 2 other than Guardians.
Haven't had this much fun in years.
Truly a cinematic event in my life.

Couldn't care less about any haters!
patrat18 - 8/30/2014, 7:33 PM
"people like the movie because it's funny"


Nuff said.
DoubleD - 8/30/2014, 7:33 PM
Marvel sure knows how to pick DIRECTORS ! NARVEL IS ON A MAJOR ROLL SINCE 2008. We are getting 3 to 4 movies a year from Marvel and it still seems its not enough.
Pasto - 8/30/2014, 7:33 PM
This show Samurai Champloo





I like it.
GiantNerd - 8/30/2014, 7:33 PM
"Hopefully, THAT'S the lesson - that we'll see more spectacle movies coming out of Hollywood that the filmmakers actually believe in, and that take risks, NOT just a bunch of superhero or space movies trying to be funny"

Pasto - 8/30/2014, 7:34 PM
@DoubleD
Narvel?
fanboy03191 - 8/30/2014, 7:34 PM
Saw it for a third time on Tuesday, and it was just as great as the first two times!
Tech3099 - 8/30/2014, 7:34 PM
So this has grossed more than DOFP? They totally deserve it! Cannot wait for the sequel!
TheGodButcher - 8/30/2014, 7:34 PM
I loved the movie and Gunns risks.

@DV31, agreed.
StarYeezus - 8/30/2014, 7:35 PM
@thewolfofcbm

batz11 - 8/30/2014, 7:35 PM
@GiantNerd

Right, that's why I pull for all CBMs to do well, DC/Marvel, don't care...whichever studio makes a good movie(s), the others need to take notice, and hopefully up their games too...well, maybe Sony still won't, but you know...haha
DrKinsolving - 8/30/2014, 7:35 PM
Gunn rocks, he's talented and he gets it.... the movie was awesome, can't wait for more
DefcoN - 8/30/2014, 7:36 PM
Man, I feel so happy for him. He put his entire heart in this project, he and everyone involved deserve the praise.
DoubleD - 8/30/2014, 7:36 PM
Pasto, :)
TheGodButcher - 8/30/2014, 7:36 PM
Balloon = GoTG, White Balding Guy = Haters
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DaVinci31 - 8/30/2014, 7:37 PM
TheWolfOfCBM . . .

DoubleD - 8/30/2014, 7:38 PM
Watching it at the IMAX 3D tomorrow. Saw it twice in 2D. People I went with hate 3D,
MrBlackjack - 8/30/2014, 7:38 PM
I don't know what to do for my username, I'm out of ideas. Just about everything I chose is one character too long. And plain 'ol Blackjack is taken.
TheManFromMars - 8/30/2014, 7:38 PM
Don't take a shit.

Give a shit.
CaptainObvious - 8/30/2014, 7:38 PM
"NOT just a bunch of superhero or space movies trying to be funny."

So more movies like GOTG and less movies like T:TDW? Good.

James Gunn is the one who made this film so unique and special, and I'm glad it paid off.
MODOKillian - 8/30/2014, 7:38 PM
BEST MOVIE EVER.
Pasto - 8/30/2014, 7:38 PM
Don't fight the current.




Flow with it instead.
rockerdude22 - 8/30/2014, 7:39 PM
Not just because it's funny,but I also think people liked it because it was something new and different. People were starving for something like that, and that's what GOTG delivered!!
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