BOX OFFICE: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Passes $100M; Fueled By Female Audiences

Marvel Studios have a Galactus-sized hit on their hands. James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy topped the $100M mark with a monster Monday. But was it the best Monday performance ever for a Marvel film? Hit the jump to find out.

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By nailbiter111 - 8/6/2014
As you know, Marvel's latest offering, Guardians of the Galaxy, had a huge $94.3M debut. That's a better opening weekend than pre-established franchises, Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction and Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier are the only 2014 films to have better North American opening weekends. The good times keep rolling as Guardians of the Galaxy had the best Monday performance out of any previous Marvel film except for The Avengers, which did a whopping $18.6 on its first Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy pulled in $11.7M. That makes its four-day total $106M.
"In terms of non-holiday Monday grosses this summer, Age of Extinction took in $10.8 million, followed by $8.8 million for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Godzilla grossed $7.7 million on its first Monday, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, $5 million (both those tentpoles launched in May, when school was still in session)." - THR

What you may not know is that women are coming out in droves to see Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Box Office Mojo reports that 44 percent of Guardians of the Galaxy audience was female, "which is the biggest share ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie (the previous high was 40 percent for The Avengers)." Suck on that Whedon! Additionally: "the audience was 55 percent over the age of 25." Go, old people!

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.
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Klone - 8/6/2014, 7:20 AM
I'm curious as to why a large portion of the audience is female if this has never happened before for Marvel.
GiantNerd - 8/6/2014, 7:22 AM
Man there are a lot of Disney Darlings out there.
BboiBlack - 8/6/2014, 7:23 AM
How does any of this compare to Man of Steel?
dinkinflicka - 8/6/2014, 7:23 AM
Women really like Chris Pratt my mom and sister used to watch Everwood and they liked him on there.
JordanKing - 8/6/2014, 7:23 AM
Chicks dig Groot. It's obvious.
Nitric - 8/6/2014, 7:25 AM
chicks dig pratt
SuperCat - 8/6/2014, 7:25 AM
@ JordanKing

Yep.

Holycowdacubswin - 8/6/2014, 7:25 AM
That movie was awesome by far the second best movie of the year after winter solider
DarthOptimus - 8/6/2014, 7:26 AM
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DrKinsolving - 8/6/2014, 7:27 AM
Haha, Great movie

ProfessorX - 8/6/2014, 7:28 AM
I'm sure the dendrophiles are loving this movie.
ProfessorX - 8/6/2014, 7:28 AM
bs77 - 8/6/2014, 7:28 AM
One word.... Shirtlessfunnymachobuffhero

I do think the sci-fi aspect appeals to an older and broader audience more so than the straight costumed superhero stuff... See what I did there? "Broader"... Oh whatever... I'm leaving
willyburz - 8/6/2014, 7:29 AM
The movie is Greatness! I wouldnt be surprised at it kicking some turtle ass this weekend!
CaptShipwreck - 8/6/2014, 7:29 AM
:-/ I'm not old people dammit
Superior - 8/6/2014, 7:30 AM
This movie was excellent. I'm proud of it's success.
JohnCarter - 8/6/2014, 7:31 AM
It seems GOTG might have made even more on Tuesday than Monday. 12 million, I think.
SuperCat - 8/6/2014, 7:31 AM
willyburz - 8/6/2014, 7:32 AM
BS you are correct! A huge part of my interest was the sci fi...we have had what?!?! Watered down star trek remakes, and a horrrible Prometheous?! Hardly great space sci fi at all...this is like the perfect mix of super hero, sci fi, epic characters, and kickass soundtrack, mixed with amazing pop culture. Its an atomic bomb of amazing!
MrMartinMarvel - 8/6/2014, 7:32 AM
44% female eh?


Yeah, I can see why.
Superior - 8/6/2014, 7:32 AM
Usually, I expect the female audience to only have the stuff for and go gaga over Loki.
jvbaessa - 8/6/2014, 7:33 AM
"What you may not know is that women are coming out in droves to see Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Box Office Mojo reports that 44 percent of Guardians of the Galaxy audience was female, "which is the biggest share ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie (the previous high was 40 percent for The Avengers)."

ONE MORE REASON TO MAKE A GODDAMM SUPER HEROINE MOVIE. Cheez.
feedonatreefrog - 8/6/2014, 7:34 AM
Guardians' $11.7M Monday was higher than any other Marvel film, save The Avengers.

Iron Man 3, Cap 2, and Thor 2.....beat by a raccoon with a machine gun and a talking tree.

Ouch.

(a comment from an alternate Earth where Iron Man, Cap, and Thor are DC properties)
Nomis - 8/6/2014, 7:35 AM
Must....Not....Troll!!!!!

This would be too easy.
CookieKid247 - 8/6/2014, 7:36 AM
Damn I guess that one shirtless scene with Chris Pratt did wonders! I hope Gunn makes the sequel tonight!!
Tetrahedron - 8/6/2014, 7:36 AM
@Klone: Because Chris Pratt looks like this...



he's a great dad...



and he's a hilarious goofball. All traits that resonate greatly with females in the 18-35 demographic.
BatManiac - 8/6/2014, 7:36 AM
GOTG was PHENOMENAL! It deserves every penny it makes!
RebelVulcan - 8/6/2014, 7:38 AM
Hopefully this will comvice Marvel that there is definitely a market for female-led super hero movies.
Also, why is it that everyone seems to think that female audiences only turn up for attractive men? Can't they be just as interested in great story and characters as male audiences?
Sexists.
Spidey91 - 8/6/2014, 7:39 AM
I'm sure the people at MS are reading these stadistics while pondering "hmmm...well, when can we have that Ms Marvel script ready?"
GodzillaKart - 8/6/2014, 7:39 AM
Why do women like it? Because the movie is generally great and you don't have to know the character to enjoy it. It has a cute [frick]ing raccoon and a hot, funny, charming lead, and is funny as well as emotionally powerful.
ATrueHero1987 - 8/6/2014, 7:39 AM
Damn, Marvel getting that money!!
Enphlieuwince - 8/6/2014, 7:40 AM
When it comes to Joss Whedon, I swear ppl on here act like Sheldon Cooper obsessing over Will Wheaton.



I'm pretty sure he is happy for Gunn and the studio. It can only help with his movie release approaching. Lmao...
Thedarkjediknight - 8/6/2014, 7:40 AM
Great film one of the top marvel films on my list, and they are right about the female thing, out of a crowd of 25, 15 women and 10 men, good to see the force is balancing
McGee - 8/6/2014, 7:41 AM
Bitches got money.
LexHairFight - 8/6/2014, 7:42 AM
55% over 25 is actually kind of low for Marvel. Usually they tick over 60%.
joejoseph461 - 8/6/2014, 7:43 AM
I hope all of you who went to go see this deasant movie do the same for black panther. Don't skip out on that, but we all know that most of you will because it is not a white guy who's the star but a black guy (Chadwick Boseman), but you never know though. You all might prove me wrong.
OdinSon2k14 - 8/6/2014, 7:44 AM
But has Marvel Stuudios learned from Rocket and Groot, to stop being lazy about putting CGI, mo-capped characters in there non-Avengers films? Can we expect to see a creature or character that cant be done with a costume and makeup for Thor 3?!
HeavensWarrior - 8/6/2014, 7:47 AM
tom and chris bring in the extra female audience..44% of the audience was females? that's a huge chunk.kids audience was probably around 25% and men the rest of the percentage
RebelVulcan - 8/6/2014, 7:48 AM
@OdinSon2k14- For goodness' sake, SHUT UP ABOUT CGI! Ok, you want Marvel to use more CGI. We. Get. It.
But stop talking like every movie of theirs will be an unmitigated disaster if every background creature isn't mo-capped!
Practical effects have a place too you know.

kinghulk - 8/6/2014, 7:49 AM
odinson2k14- still going on about the CGI huh, lol. although i agree with more cgi aliens for guardians there is nothing wrong with make up aliens.
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