BOX OFFICE: GOTG Off To A Great Start With Biggest Thursday Night Opening Of 2014

Marvel's gamble looks to be paying off, as the critically acclaimed space adventure earned a very impressive $11.2M from Thursday night screenings -- beating the likes of Godzilla, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Marvel's own Captain America sequel.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 8/1/2014


James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy has just shocked the world by pulling in a whopping $11.2M from last night's screenings, actually beating a Marvel's sequel in Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($10.2 million start back in April). The hilarious space opera (which currently sits at 91% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes) also beat Legendary's Godzilla, Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past to give it the biggest pre-show opening of the year so far. Not bad for a non-sequel about a bunch of losers nobody has ever heard of -- just goes to show how bankable and popular the Marvel brand has become, and what a bit of savvy marketing will do for your movie. Plus, it also just happens to be bloody great! You can check out my review HERE.
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Pasto - 8/1/2014, 8:12 AM
Shocker.
SuperCat - 8/1/2014, 8:12 AM
Great news! Catching it tomorrow.
EzioKenway1225 - 8/1/2014, 8:13 AM
AWESOME!!
BigMikeReviews - 8/1/2014, 8:14 AM
People are starved for an appealing film that isn't a remake, reboot, spinoff, prequel or sequel. Well deserved and a great victory for comic book movies in general!
Maven - 8/1/2014, 8:14 AM
Wow.
yossarian - 8/1/2014, 8:16 AM
I'm not shocked about this.
MrCBM56 - 8/1/2014, 8:16 AM
Woah, nice! Deserved it, movie was awesome. Seeing it again soon.
0megaDaGod - 8/1/2014, 8:17 AM
Dat box office



As far as the movie

AlexanderLykins - 8/1/2014, 8:18 AM
Seeing it again today or tomorrow.
StarYeezus - 8/1/2014, 8:19 AM
This is great news!

EzioKenway1225 - 8/1/2014, 8:19 AM
i was expecting to do good because of the tracking but the biggest Thursday opening of the year so far..WOW
EzioKenway1225 - 8/1/2014, 8:20 AM
OmegaDaGod-what did u love about it, sir?
ALegendaryPanda - 8/1/2014, 8:21 AM
Well holy shit!! I was not expecting that!
StarYeezus - 8/1/2014, 8:21 AM
Next week: GOTG vs TMNT



You can guess which one is which.
DEVLIN712 - 8/1/2014, 8:23 AM
I can see Guardians being the type of film in which word of mouth does it good at the box office. I think it'll open big and then slow burn it's way to 500 million.
ALmazing - 8/1/2014, 8:25 AM

EzioKenway1225 - 8/1/2014, 8:29 AM
smh...people are already going a second or a third time and i still havent even seen it the one time
StarYeezus - 8/1/2014, 8:30 AM
ALL ABOARD!

ALegendaryPanda - 8/1/2014, 8:32 AM
I'm seeing it tonight! I almost can't believe it's actually here! :)
grooot - 8/1/2014, 8:32 AM
i am groot!!
RamonSuarez - 8/1/2014, 8:32 AM
DCE has now announced they will be moving Dawn of Justice to the first weekend of August.
batz11 - 8/1/2014, 8:32 AM
In my second showing now (Imax) with my son...went to midnight show last night, amazing film, up there with Cap 2 for me!
HurricaneXavier - 8/1/2014, 8:34 AM
The movie was amazing.
MexicanChinman - 8/1/2014, 8:37 AM
Shouldn't this film open up closer to $100 million than $60 million?
Sxcory - 8/1/2014, 8:38 AM
*Small spolier*

This movie exceeded my expectations. I was laughing from start to finish but also had some really touching moments. Especially the drunk scene with Rocket. That actually got to me a bit. Amazing character development.
DefcoN - 8/1/2014, 8:38 AM
YEAH! Is THAT good!
Omarvls - 8/1/2014, 8:39 AM
Breaking News:

FOX announces a Silver Surfer solo film
DC/WB announces a reboot of Green Lantern

They both thank Marvel for giving them this opportunity
kalelhawj - 8/1/2014, 8:40 AM
If TMNT is any good it's going to put a dent in to GOTG BO take. A great opening indeed. So this is the week to make as much as they can... I know I'll be taking my family to watch TMNT...
Lozzy - 8/1/2014, 8:40 AM
This calls for a celebration!

StarYeezus - 8/1/2014, 8:41 AM
@Sxcory

I agree. Rocket was a very sympathetic character. That scene (along with many others) took me by surprise.
RamonSuarez - 8/1/2014, 8:42 AM
@Omarvls

Fox won't have any characters to use for Surfer outside Galactus.
0megaDaGod - 8/1/2014, 8:43 AM
@Staryeezus

*Dead* @ The Lebron/Stephenson GIF+Analogy
Pasto - 8/1/2014, 8:44 AM
DC must be something right if they get brought up in nearly every thread.
RebelVulcan - 8/1/2014, 8:44 AM
You guys reckon it could break $70 mil on opening weekend?
THORION76 - 8/1/2014, 8:44 AM
HOLY S*#T SOCKS BATMAN,

I SAW IT LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS THE MOST IVE HAD WITH MY FAMILY IN A LONG TIME!!!!!!!!

THE 70S/80S VIBE WAS AWESOME AND MARVEL HAS TAKEN 5 UNDERGROUND CHARACTERS AND MADE THEM HOUSEHOLD NAMES.

HAIL HYDRA !!!!!!!

I AM GROOT !!!!!!!
Omarvls - 8/1/2014, 8:45 AM
@RamonSuarez

Then FOX will do a Starjammers film or something
My point is that Marvel ONCE AGAIN has proven why they are true trend setters

and even DC Only fanatac
Omarvls - 8/1/2014, 8:45 AM
*even DC Only Fanatics will root for this film to succeed
that way they can get a Green Lantern reboot
Ramiel - 8/1/2014, 8:45 AM
Love this movie! Can't wait to see it again.
EzioKenway1225 - 8/1/2014, 8:46 AM
i think its only big competition is TMNT..idk how well or not Expendables and Sin City 2 will do
TheDarkKryptonian - 8/1/2014, 8:46 AM
This is truly the first time that I've managed to avoid the after-credits scene of a Marvel movie until I go see the movie.
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