Continuing to ride its colossal success, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” surpassed $500 million at the worldwide box office on Tuesday. The impressive ticket sales are quite the compliment to the Walt Disney Productions $170 million budget. To date, the superhero flick has garnered $255.2 million domestically and shows no signs of slowing anytime soon.
Earlier this week, “Guardians” was named the highest-grossing film of the summer for the domestic box office. The Marvel movie took the title from Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” which stands at $243.9 million domestically. However, “Guardians” still has some time to beat “Transformers” worldwide earnings of $1 billion.
The Chris Pratt-led Sci-Fi has been grabbing headlines ever since its incredible $94.3 million premiere which set a record for the biggest August domestic opening of all time. After giving way to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for two weeks in a row, “Guardians” finished its fourth week by nudging its way back into the top spot at the box office. By the end of its fifth week, “Guardians” is expected to become the highest grosser of the year after passing fellow Marvel production “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” earnings of $259.8 million.
“Guardians” is expected to hold onto the number one spot with ease as August comes to an end. The Labor Day holiday weekend will likely attract moviegoers as two new films vie for audiences. Offering 93 minutes of horror, the thriller “As Above, So Below” descends on theaters this weekend following a team of explores as they venture into the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. Fellow newcomer “The November Man” starring Pierce Brosnan has an early Wednesday release. The flick centers around an ex-CIA operative on a mission that pits him up against high level CIA officials and the Russian President-elect.