The Guardians of the Galaxy movie has reportedly made around $160 million worldwide on its opening weekend. Since opening weekends are extremely important in Hollywood, this is very good news for Marvel Studios, and for fans of the franchise in general.
The film made an estimated £94 million in America, and it made $66 million everywhere else. We don’t have the full UK numbers quite yet, but in America as least GOTG opened higher than some other superhero movies released this year, like Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. It made only slightly less than Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s first weekend. It did, however, beat Thor: The Dark World‘s first weekend by ten million or so. Also, GOTG has broken North American records by being the biggest August opening since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum.
These figures are quite remarkable, given that GOTG has been labelled as a ‘risk’ for Marvel Studios since it was announced. Mostly unrelated to the Avengers movies, starring a tree and a talking raccoon, and directed by James Gunn, who has only made indie flicks like Slither and Super… it could’ve been a flop. Marvel, though, have always seemed quietly confident about GOTG, and it looks like it’s paid off. At the time of writing the film has a 93% critics approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and with good word of mouth looks set to be very profitable indeed. Enough to keep Groot in Miracle-Gro for a good long while yet.