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Box Office: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Zooms To $94M Weekend
forbes ^ | 8-3-2014 | Scott Mendelson

Posted on 08/03/2014 8:08:25 AM PDT by Citizen Zed

Walt Disney and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuted with a powerhouse $94 million opening weekend. That’s 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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Anyone see it? Did it live up to the hype?

1 posted on 08/03/2014 8:08:25 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

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.


2 posted on 08/03/2014 8:10:48 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun free zones?)
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To: Citizen Zed

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.


3 posted on 08/03/2014 8:11:59 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: fwdude
obie is seen here in the costume he used while trying to convince the producers that his presence in the flick could save the day..

alas...


4 posted on 08/03/2014 8:14:46 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: fwdude

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.)


5 posted on 08/03/2014 8:24:13 AM PDT by Skywise
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To: logic101.net

Looks like a good fun movie.


6 posted on 08/03/2014 8:25:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Citizen Zed

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.


7 posted on 08/03/2014 8:26:31 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Citizen Zed
I know this is going to make me sound old, but every time I see a photo from that film I think "Really?" I grew up reading about a very different group.


8 posted on 08/03/2014 8:28:44 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: fwdude

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.


9 posted on 08/03/2014 8:28:54 AM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: Citizen Zed

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.


10 posted on 08/03/2014 8:29:28 AM PDT by xtargeter
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To: Citizen Zed

I always hated Disney movies/TV shows because of their ,Happy Sad Happy Sad Happy Sad give you a headache way they made them


11 posted on 08/03/2014 8:31:38 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: LostInBayport

The only character from that cover that appears in the movie is Yondu, and most of his fin is missing...


12 posted on 08/03/2014 8:32:02 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Citizen Zed

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.


13 posted on 08/03/2014 8:32:32 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: LostInBayport
Ditto your sentiments. I saw this group and said "Whaaaat?"

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.

14 posted on 08/03/2014 8:33:53 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Citizen Zed

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.


15 posted on 08/03/2014 8:35:08 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: xtargeter

Make sure you sit through the entire credit roll.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

why?


16 posted on 08/03/2014 8:35:33 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Joe Brower

$500 to $1000 for VF to NM copies...


17 posted on 08/03/2014 8:37:17 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Joe Brower
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.

Marvel Preview 7 (I looked it up). It is going for hundreds on Ebay in decent shape. Buy low, sell high!
18 posted on 08/03/2014 8:40:08 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: wintertime

There’s a cameo by a Marvel character who was exiled from film long ago.


19 posted on 08/03/2014 8:40:45 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: wintertime

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


20 posted on 08/03/2014 8:45:10 AM PDT by Bottom_Gun (Crush depth dummy - proud NRA member & Certified Instructor)
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To: Citizen Zed

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.


21 posted on 08/03/2014 8:45:14 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Bogey78O

If it is who I think it is, that’s hilarious. But it makes sense.


22 posted on 08/03/2014 8:45:50 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Bogey78O
There’s a cameo by a Marvel character who was exiled from film long ago.

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)

23 posted on 08/03/2014 8:51:40 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: greene66

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.


24 posted on 08/03/2014 8:52:51 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
I'd never gotten into the "Guardians of the Galaxy" comic series, and I'm a huge Marvel fan, so I went in to the movie with no preconceived notions - although I do remember the Kree from the Fantastic Four. I read the plot in Wikipedia beforehand so I could follow the story line.

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. :-)

25 posted on 08/03/2014 9:04:15 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: LostInBayport

Wrong Guardians. But a version of Yondu is in it.


26 posted on 08/03/2014 9:06:53 AM PDT by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: Citizen Zed

It was fun. Nothing special but fun.


27 posted on 08/03/2014 9:07:18 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: fwdude
Films that must rely solely on their eye-candy effects for viability seldom are.

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 .

28 posted on 08/03/2014 9:11:21 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Ah. I figured it was probably something like that.


29 posted on 08/03/2014 9:11:42 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Bogey78O

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.


30 posted on 08/03/2014 9:12:24 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Citizen Zed

It was worth a matinee ticket, easily. Probably essential if you intend on seeing all of the Marvel Studios universe releases.


31 posted on 08/03/2014 9:13:34 AM PDT by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: BADROTOFINGER

Did anyone catch Stan Lee’s cameo by the way? I laughed uproariously when he popped up!


32 posted on 08/03/2014 9:22:45 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Citizen Zed

Saw it last week. Really good. Very funny.


33 posted on 08/03/2014 9:25:16 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
We truly live in an age of fantasy.

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. :)

34 posted on 08/03/2014 9:25:33 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: Citizen Zed

35 posted on 08/03/2014 9:26:21 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Citizen Zed

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!


36 posted on 08/03/2014 9:40:03 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: LostInBayport

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.


37 posted on 08/03/2014 9:58:03 AM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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38 posted on 08/03/2014 9:58:50 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Citizen Zed
Color me shocked. Maybe it's entertaining. But I could never plunk down $10 for a space movie with a talking raccoon, even if it is a comedy.

I'll wait until it comes out on Netflix.

39 posted on 08/03/2014 10:00:41 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Citizen Zed

I was happily surprised how good it was! (I went to it with low expectations though)


40 posted on 08/03/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

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.


41 posted on 08/03/2014 10:02:55 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Citizen Zed

Green women are Hot!


42 posted on 08/03/2014 10:11:02 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SMGFan

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.


43 posted on 08/03/2014 10:23:53 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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Author C. Clark used a raccoon character in his book, "Beyond the Fall Of Night" called Seeker. The one in this movie is a North Eastern Boston / New York accented thug like thing.
44 posted on 08/03/2014 10:31:23 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: MaxMax

What about Karen Gillan as a blue woman? She was trying to suppress her accent which made it even better.


45 posted on 08/03/2014 10:44:11 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: LostInBayport

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.


46 posted on 08/03/2014 12:44:52 PM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: Citizen Zed

Nice looking ship.


47 posted on 08/03/2014 1:02:36 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Citizen Zed

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.


48 posted on 08/03/2014 1:05:06 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
I just checked mine.

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.

49 posted on 08/03/2014 1:23:21 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Nachum

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.


50 posted on 08/03/2014 1:47:40 PM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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