Marvel Studio’s first foray into space—“Guardians of the Galaxy”—is producing out of this world numbers. The James Gunn film opened to an impressive $11.2 million on Thursday night. It is by far the largest turn out for a blockbuster this year, which has been atrocious—the worst summer in eight years.
The $11.2 million opening gives “Guardians of the Galaxy” a great shot at breaking the August domestic opening set by the $69.2 million debut of “The Bourne Ultimatum.”
The huge Thursday night puts “Guardians of the Galaxy” above the Thursday night bow of another Marvel release—“Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The sequel collected $10.2 million on Thursday night and went on to gross $95 million it’s opening weekend.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is Marvel Studio’s biggest risk yet as it features a group of obscure characters and not the most recognizable brands—the film is easily the most distinct in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The bet the Studio placed on “Guardians of the Galaxy” seems to be paying off as the film is currently sitting on a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is tracking for a huge August debut.
The film marks the launch of a new franchise for Marvel and Walt Disney Pictures—it’ didn’t come cheap as it cost $170 million to produce before marketing cost—and Disney is working on an “Guardians of the Galaxy” animated series, which they teased at this year's San Diego Comic-Con
With Gunn directing, the space picture stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Lee Pace.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is in theaters now.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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