In the middle of its sixth weekend at the domestic box office, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has the longest run on the no. 1 spot in the box office among all Marvel film titles to date. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
According to Deadline, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has gained No. 1 in box office more than any Marvel feature film to date. “Guardians of the Galaxy” have totaled four weekends at the no. 1 spot, although not a consecutive run. Previous Marvel summer titles, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “The Avengers,” had respective three-weekend No. 1 holds last April and during May 2012.
The superhero pic has become one of the biggest box office surprises of the year, becoming the top-grossing film of the summer in North America, outplaying the likes of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened up to a whopping $26.6 million for a total of $37.8 million, including the Thursday night earnings of $11.2 million. The film became a critical and financial success, having grossed $281.2 million in North America and $273.1 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $554.3 million. “Guardians of the Galaxy” became the fourteenth movie of 2014 to make over $300 million, which it did in 10 days.
“It underlines the fact that people trust their entire product line – It’s becoming what Pixar became for Disney a few years back. Five years ago, I don’t think ‘Guardians’ would have opened anywhere near this,” said assistant editor of BoxOffice.com, Shawn Robbins, as published on Variety.
“Guardians of the Galaxy’s” sterling box office performance has paved the way for Marvel to feature obscure titles such as Guardians and present non-Avengers characters. People have come to realize that the brand is synonymous to quality. They might be unfamiliar with the heroes in one film or another, as was the case with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but they knew and respected the Marvel name.
“Marvel just has as a magic touch – To introduce five new characters, each of whom are now able to carry their own movie, is a master stroke,” added chairman and president of Imax Entertainment, Greg Foster.
Moreover, Disney has announced confirmed release dates for five untitled movies slotted for the June 28, 2017, Nov. 3, 2017, July 6, 2018, Nov. 2, 2018 and May 3, 2019 along with “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man” for 2015, “Captain America 3” for 2016, and a sequel to the recent box-office hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
It seems that Walt Disney’s $4 billion purchase of the comicbook company has paid off, seeing how MCU titles have dominated recent box offices.
That’s the latest scoop on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” For more updates on upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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