Anyone see it yet?
Will "Guardians of the Galaxy" break records with a $98 million weekend?
The grosses keep going up and up and up. Disney/Marvel Studios’ pulpy space adventure Guardians Of The Galaxy
– anticipated as the "coolest & weirdest blockbuster" starring
little-known superheroes with running jokes and 1970s pop songs – is targeting a huge $40M today and a gigantic $98M first domestic weekend from an August theater count record of 4,080.
Costing $170M, Guardians Of The Galaxy
is shattering the August record set 7 years ago by the Bourne Ultimatum‘s
$69.2M and targeting this summer’s and this year’s $100M weekend sales record set by Transformers 4.
It also may bust the 2014 summer slump which has domestic box office
grosses down -20%. Thursday late shows started at 7 PM with $11.2M for
by far the best pre-opening total of 2014. This beginning of a new edgy
franchise topped the $10.2M start for Marvel’s sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier
in April which up to now was the year’s biggest and other summer titles like Godzilla
($9.3M), Transformers: Age Of Extinction
($8.75M) and Amazing Spider-Man 2
by great reviews (91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), it was also the most
untested and uncertain property yet to come out of the Marvel Cinematic
Big online movie ticketseller Fandango reported that Guardians Of The Galaxy was scooping up 93% of all pre-sales going into today.
Pic on Thursday also opened strong internationally in the UK, Russia,
Brazil, Korea and a selection of smaller markets (Taiwan, Malaysia,
Argentina, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines and Denmark) for a
big $11M cume. The worldwide total is now a big $22.2M going into
today. Pic starts in 42 countries – 50% of foreign – this weekend.
Domestically, the 354 IMAX screens produced $1.9M (17%) last night for the biggest domestic August pre-show ever and second-best advance Thursday behind only Iron Man 3.