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

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.

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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