BOX OFFICE: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 With $92M to $96M Opening Weekend

Marvel Studios can breathe a great big sigh of relief. Their latest comic book movie, James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy is cleaning up at the North American box office in its debut weekend.

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In 2012, Marvel Studios' The Avengers had the biggest domestic gross with $623M. In the following year, Marvel once again had the highest domestic gross with Iron Man 3, which pulled in  $409M. And this year, Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction is leading the North American box office. It is currently north of $230M. Why do I mention this? One, you can see that the North American box office is suffering a major decline from its blockbusters. Two, Marvel may end up with another box office champion. There appears to be no mountain high enough for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy as it is having a monster day. As of right now, the current estimates have the film earning $36M to $38.5M on Friday (including $11.2M late night Thursday). That puts the Marvel film on pace for a $92M to $96M weekend. Keep in mind, that is fairly conservative as Deadline is basing their numbers on a possible 20% decline Saturday and Sunday. Though, that may not happen in this case as it has received an 'A' Cinemascore from audiences. Marvel, come and get your love!

Meanwhile, Universal’s Lucy and Paramount’s Hercules are set to take a little tumble as they are expected to be down over 60% in their second weekends. Lucy will take the No. 2 spot.

1). Guardians of the Galaxy (DIS), 4080 theaters / $36M+ to $38.5M Friday
3-day est. cume: $92M to $96M

2). Lucy (UNI), 3,202 theaters (+29) / $5.4M Fri.
3-day cume: $16.9M to $18M (-61%) / Total cume: $78.2M / Wk 2

3). Get On Up (UNI), 2,468 theaters / $5.2M to $6M Fri.
3-day cume: $15.4M to $16M / Wk 1

4). Hercules (MGM/PAR), 3,595 theaters (0) / $3M Fri.
3-day cume: $10.4M (-65%) / Total est. cume: $52.1M+ / Wk 2

5). Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (FOX), 3,283 theaters (-385) / $2.4M Fri.
3-day cume: $8.3M to $8.6M / Total cume: $189.3M / Wk 4

6). Planes: Fire & Rescue (DIS), 3,241 theaters (-598) / $2M Fri.
3-day cume: $6.5M / Total cume: $47.7M / Wk 3

7). The Purge: Anarchy (UNI), 2,656 theaters (-200) / $2M Fri.
3-day cume: $6M / Total cume: $643 / Wk 3

8). Sex Tape (SONY), 2,500 theaters (-562) / $1.2M Fri.
3-day cume: $3.8M / Total cume: $34M+ / Wk 3

9). And So It Goes (CLARIUS), 1,816 theaters (+54) / $950K Fri.
3-day cume: $3.5M (-31%) / Total cume: $10.6M / Wk 2

10/11). A Most Wanted Man (RSA), 729 theaters (+368) / $ 760K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.96M (+10%) / Total cume: $6.7M / Wk 2


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 entire 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 Quill 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,” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. James Gunn is the director and the story is by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn, with screenplay by James Gunn. It releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.
Source: Deadline
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mdriftmeyer - 8/2/2014, 1:07 AM
It'll break $100 million.
TheAstoundingMan - 8/2/2014, 1:09 AM
Just like Cap and DoFP, it deserves every cent.
Sipprelle - 8/2/2014, 1:10 AM
Holy shit! Weren't we only expecting 65-75? That's awesome news!
aztecRaingod - 8/2/2014, 1:10 AM
Goin tomorrow. I bet this is going to be pretty good.
charlie2094 - 8/2/2014, 1:11 AM
Great going!

Thought it was going to open much more like Thor/Cap ($65), instead it's more like Cap 2/Iron Man.

Good to see this doing so well, hoping it also shows Warners that a Green Lantern reboot can work
DrKinsolving - 8/2/2014, 1:11 AM

Lozzy - 8/2/2014, 1:14 AM
[frick] YEAH!!!! this movie deserves every cent it makes!!!! Lets crack open the champagne.

Negaduck - 8/2/2014, 1:15 AM
Nice. Great flick. Going to see it a second time tomorrow.
AlexanderLykins - 8/2/2014, 1:17 AM
Go see it again. It deserves more!

When I told my sister the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers were going to join forces, she got so excited!
Davenger - 8/2/2014, 1:23 AM
Saw it twice today.That everything!
Equivocal - 8/2/2014, 1:24 AM
this one right here ↓↓↓↓↓ should read:

behind Every successful Marvel movie;
lies a pack of DC haters !

UltimateHunt - 8/2/2014, 1:25 AM
best marvel movie?
heres how GOOD it is, it makes you doubt! thats how good it is.
i wont say anything more ;)
its a must see

oh and it will break the 100 mill, mark my words, people praised it wayyyy to much, word of mouth is going nuts!
marvel did it again, what a year for us CBM fans,,
(yeah i said i wont say anything more lol, FOOOK IT!)
TheAmericanPatriot - 8/2/2014, 1:28 AM
We have to beat T4! Everyone go see this awesome movie this weekend again and again!
Davenger - 8/2/2014, 1:28 AM
I think Rocket might be my favorite Marvel cinematic character.How crazy is that.
AlexanderLykins - 8/2/2014, 1:28 AM
@wallhead
I'd put all my money on it. I just about have anyway.
IronAngelX - 8/2/2014, 1:29 AM
@Equivocal

Okay that was a completely unnecessary comment as its intention is simply meant to stir up more flaming. As for me, make mine Marvel and DC.

Anyways, loved this movie, definitely one of Marvel's best, Top 3 for sure for me.

It's one of the best, most creative and innovative comic book movies to date.

(this is coming from a DC fanboy) ;)
Invincible - 8/2/2014, 1:31 AM
Best movie in the MCU, can't wait for Guardians 2
BatManiac - 8/2/2014, 1:32 AM
Great news! I'm glad this movie is doing well. It deserves every penny it makes!
BatManiac - 8/2/2014, 1:34 AM
GOTG is my favourite Marvel movie, without a doubt. It's the best movie of the year so far.
AlexanderLykins - 8/2/2014, 1:35 AM
@BatManiac
It's just pure fun. I have seen very few movies like this one.
RebelVulcan - 8/2/2014, 1:35 AM
Come on guys, let's get this to break $100 mil on opening weekend!
Invincible - 8/2/2014, 1:37 AM
What is that song in the video?
Reviewscrub72 - 8/2/2014, 1:38 AM
Goin to see it a third time tomorrow!!! XD
RebelVulcan - 8/2/2014, 1:39 AM
@Invincible- Darude: Sandstorm
UltimateHunt - 8/2/2014, 1:42 AM
@equivocal
that was some unnecessary truth
BatManiac - 8/2/2014, 1:46 AM
ExSOLDIER - 8/2/2014, 1:48 AM
Gonna watch this epicness second time today! This movie deserves all the money it can get!
FearTheLiving - 8/2/2014, 1:48 AM
BatManiac - 8/2/2014, 1:49 AM
@AlexanderLykins

The movie is AMAZING! Marvel outdid themselves with this one.
kinghulk - 8/2/2014, 1:50 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWnRMAVWVjk
DrDoom - 8/2/2014, 1:54 AM
Guardians of the Galaxy has just skyrocketed into becoming an A-List franchise forever.

The power of Marvel.

nailbiter111 - 8/2/2014, 1:55 AM
PLEASE DON'T POST SPOILERS.
Amazing512 - 8/2/2014, 2:01 AM
The Marvel brand has become a monster. I can't believe the Guardinas of the Galaxy are cleaning up this well. I would have never predicted this back in 2008 when their new launch began. Congratulation to all those involved.
It was amazing and deserves it.
Mike89 - 8/2/2014, 2:07 AM
Very well deserved. Im now officially exited for GOTG 2. (even though its years away)
venom0706 - 8/2/2014, 2:13 AM
GOTG was amazing! Deserves all of its success and even more. Can't wait to see it for a second time! If Marvel managed to pull this off, they can do everything. Bring on GOTG 2!
Spideysense44 - 8/2/2014, 2:17 AM
This is the first movie I've ever gone to the cinema to see more than once
Mercwitham0uth - 8/2/2014, 2:17 AM
Where's that [foo foo] who said this would flop?
Mercwitham0uth - 8/2/2014, 2:18 AM
I have to go see this again.
DDD - 8/2/2014, 2:20 AM
Imagine mixing GOTG with AVENGERS against THANOS in AVENGERS3!!!

That would blow the back wall out of the theaters!

HOLY COW!!!

I'm so happy THE GUARDIANS are finally on the big screen and blowing up the place!
YIPEE KI YAY MUTHAFRIKKERS!!!

lol
Danbojohnj - 8/2/2014, 2:24 AM
Really want too see this but I can't stand cinemas anymore and mines a fricking train journey away anyway.
I just wish films would come out sooner on disk or download.
In fact films should be released on digi rental same day as the cinema,same price as a cinema ticket,tide me over until the bluray.
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