Skip to comments.Box Office: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Zooms To $94M Weekend
Posted on 08/03/2014 8:08:25 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
Walt Disney and Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy debuted with a powerhouse $94 million opening weekend. Thats the third biggest opening of the year, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95m) and Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100m).
Since opening weekend is of course about marketing, Walt Disney deserves a gold star in that department. From the get-go, their marketing campaign as been a textbook example of how to sell an unknown property to the masses.
Of course, it helps that James Gunn and company delivered a winning final product, and so Disney screened it early and often and let the review embargo drop right before Comic-Con. And now, since the marketing campaign kept quite a few narrative and visual surprises out of the clips and trailers, it may well reap the benefit of audiences discovering their favorite beats in a theater, which is a major driving force for word-of-mouth and repeat viewings.
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The poster got me hooked, I have to go to see that coon with the machine gun. We rescued a baby one when I was a kid, lots of fun if you don’t mind loosing a bit of blood once in a while; teeth are like needles.
I hear it’s not really that great of a movie.
Films that must rely solely on their eye-candy effects for viability seldom are.
Saw it last night. It’s not a GREAT movie - It doesn’t change your world view, it doesn’t have a deep emotional or political message and it’s not greater than the sum of its parts. I thought the last act kind of fell flat for the climax which weakened the movie for me overall.
That said... it’s a very fun movie and the actors do a good job making the characters shine which makes the whole thing work.
I was having emotional connections with an anthopomorphized RACCOON!!!
(And if you’re an age-old marvel comics fan (or George Lucas fan) stay for the cookie at the very end of the credits.)
Looks like a good fun movie.
I enjoyed it. James Gunn has a sense of humor slightly askew of Hollywood which is refreshing. He does darkly comedic moments well. The cast works very well together and it’s very cohesive in story and tone. Worth a ticket. Can’t miss on rental or cable.
I enjoyed how the entire soundtrack was 1980s and 1970s songs as well.
You heard wrong. 92% on RT, 8/10 average rating and a A Cinemascore. I saw it Friday and it is a fun, eye pleasing, funny, yet serious movie. One of my favorite comic book movies so far.
I saw it. It has a talking raccoon. With a gun.
Yes, it’s worth it. Just turn off your brain and enjoy,
There are a couple of curse words in it, but the kids hear a lot worst on the playground. No sex scenes.
Make sure you sit through the entire credit roll.
I always hated Disney movies/TV shows because of their ,Happy Sad Happy Sad Happy Sad give you a headache way they made them
The only character from that cover that appears in the movie is Yondu, and most of his fin is missing...
I saw it.
Good film, and I recommend it. It was fun, and one of the more solid “popcorn movies” I’ve seen in a long time. Definitely worth a matinee.
After Jim STarlin's treatment of Gamora and Drax, not to mention the stark melodrama that was the original Star Lord, this is cartoonville.
I'm sure it's great fun, but a lot less grey matter involved than the original incarnations.
And, IIRC, 'Rocket Racoon' was introduced in the second 'Sword in the Star' story by Bill Mantlo (the 'Wayfinder' series, with Keith Geffen doing the pencils). I still have the original black and white magazine in storage somewhere.
I just checked is on at the six plex movie theater near here.
Four si-fi fantasies. Two kiddie cartoon shows. Nothing for an adult. No dramas. No adventure. No westerns. No war movies.
We truly live in an age of fantasy. 60 years ago these modern fantasy movies would have been given a B budget and played on the bottom of at double feature drive-in along with HERCULES AND THE VAMPIRE WOMEN.
Make sure you sit through the entire credit roll.
$500 to $1000 for VF to NM copies...
There’s a cameo by a Marvel character who was exiled from film long ago.
true to most Marvel Movies they roll an “Easter egg” after the credits, that preview and connect the movie into other movies and characters in the marvel movies and things that may come.
yep..and old comic geek here, and huge fan of the earlier incantation of the 70’s Star Lord
I remember getting a 1975 Marvel comic (”Astonishing Tales,” I believe), which spotlighted the said “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I liked sci-fi, and I liked the name, so I bought the comic. But I found it pretty wretched. In fact, it became something of a sore point with me, as I considered it the worst comic-book in my collection up to that point.
I never knew the title/group was revived for a later series. Don’t recall any raccoon.
If it is who I think it is, that’s hilarious. But it makes sense.
Told the two grandsons to hang on past the credits to see who it was, but they're too young to get the joke. I thought it was funny though... :0)
This film is based on the 2008 GOTG team; it was “rebooted” by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning of Marvel Comics.
Basically, the 2008 team is the second team to operate under the Guardians of the Galaxy moniker.
I took the two grandsons (9 and 14) with me. We all enjoyed it tremendously! I liked Rocket and Groot in particular. It's a great action sci-fi movie, but if you're unfamiliar with the comic, you'll get a bit more out of the movie if you read through the WikiPedia plot beforehand (it gets a bit complex).
NOTE: As some have said in prior posts, Rocket is somewhat foul-mouthed (especially in a scene where he and Drax get drunk), but it's probably not something older grade schoolers haven't heard. And after you learn about what had been done to Rocket, you may sympathize with his 'tude. :-)
Wrong Guardians. But a version of Yondu is in it.
It was fun. Nothing special but fun.
Yeah like Star Wars, Iron Man, The Avengers, Transformers, Captain America...................I think if the eye candy effects are well done and integrated well there will always be a laqe segment who want something that is just a fun mindless ride to escape in .
Ah. I figured it was probably something like that.
Only people old enough to know 80’s movies got it...parents were explaining to kids why they were laughing as I was walking out.
It was worth a matinee ticket, easily. Probably essential if you intend on seeing all of the Marvel Studios universe releases.
Did anyone catch Stan Lee’s cameo by the way? I laughed uproariously when he popped up!
Saw it last week. Really good. Very funny.
Probably why we have a fantasy President - a competent, capable, intelligent black man who leads America boldly through all of its challenges and only ever fails because white racists hate him and continually undermine his good works. :)
It’s a well made, fun, and funny movie.
Most of the comedy worked, but some of it was pretty low hanging fruit. Also, the villain Ronan the Accuser reminded me too much of Malekith from Thor 2.
Some other problems but I can’t get into it without spoilers.
It’s one of the best marvel movies, which is saying something. Well worth a look!
I first became aware of this group in the early 80’s as I was collecting comic back issues and purchased the Avengers. Korvac saga was great. Starhawk could not see “Michael” in the Queens home. I recall the Avengers & Guardians took a bus. They were all killed.
"We moved our base camp last night and were now positioned literally
within feet of the river. Have been sitting here watching the border
patrol patrolling in their riverboats all night and all morning..."
I'll wait until it comes out on Netflix.
I was happily surprised how good it was! (I went to it with low expectations though)
I agree about that.
There is one movie out for an adult, but everyone is screaming there isn’t any blacks in it or anything else they can for it’s made by Woody Allen.
Magic in the moonlight.
It’s actually pleasantly enjoyable and the scenes are gorgeous.
Green women are Hot!
It was pretty much the same for me. I tracked down back issues of Avengers, had no knowledge of the story, and was blown away by it. I had known about the Guardians from their appearances in Defenders, which were also good.
What about Karen Gillan as a blue woman? She was trying to suppress her accent which made it even better.
I was lucky to find so many back issue back in 1982 -83 for great , cheap prices. I bought so many Spider Man, FF, etc in Manhattan at Forbidden Planet and other comic shops. At the times X-Men 95 to 135 had gone up in price.
Although I knew she died back in 73, Death of Gwen Stacey was still tough to read.
Meanwhile I was listening Bob Grant, Barry Farber & Howard Stern.
Nice looking ship.
I love Chris Pratt in Parks and Rec, so I’m happy to hear he has a hit movie. He was very good in Zero Dark Thirty, as well.
One documentary, one biopic, three comedies, four dramas, one horror, five fantasies/sci-fi and two children.
At the cheapo, five drama, three fantasies/sci-fi, two horror,three comedy, one children.
It might be the manager at the movie house.
Mr. Peel & I saw it last week. It had been the first time in years since we saw a movie at the cinema. It did not disappoint. The movie was exactly what we were hoping it would be - entertainment. No lectures, no elitists snobbery, no fake political message - just fun with some 80s tunes thrown in.