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Weekend Report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Obliterates August Record [$94 million!]
www.boxofficemojo.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | by Ray Subers

Posted on 08/04/2014 10:47:08 AM PDT by Red Badger

"We Are Groot."

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy ruled the box office this weekend with a fantastic $94 million. That's easily the biggest debut ever for an August release; the previous record holder, The Bourne Ultimatum, opened to $69.3 million in 2007.

Meanwhile, James Brown biopic Get On Up took third place with a modest $14 million debut.

This weekend reversed the box office slump in a big way: the top 12 earned $172.6 million, which is up a whopping 40 percent from the same frame last year. With a packed line-up of major releases coming up, this August is almost certainly going to be the biggest one ever.

Among recent Marvel movies, Guardians of the Galaxy's opening is nearly on par with Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million, and is noticeably higher than Thor: The Dark World's $85.7 million. That's pretty remarkable considering the Guardians were unknown to most moviegoers a year ago, and have few obvious connections to the Avengers at the moment.

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1 posted on 08/04/2014 10:47:08 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Americans are really bored?


2 posted on 08/04/2014 10:48:05 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Going to the movies, it’s the new summer vacation.


3 posted on 08/04/2014 10:49:15 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Red Badger

I’m numb with awe.


4 posted on 08/04/2014 10:50:31 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Red Badger

My 35 year old daughter saw it this weekend. She liked it, but said it’s not a kid’s movie despite the cartoonish fluffy raccoon.


5 posted on 08/04/2014 10:55:48 AM PDT by Rhinoman (SMSgt, USAF (Ret))
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To: Red Badger

Interesting Movie, I loved the whole plotline with the Green Lady Gamora and how she had been biding her time next to her greatest enemy just waiting patiently for a time to strike.

Rocket the Raccoon was a breath of fresh air as he didnl;t come off as a cutesy charchter for the point of being cute and actually was a dark and tragic charcter or at least it was hinted he was.

The guy trying to avendge his dead family was interesting, he was very much another tragic character who was filled with vengence and despite this worked through it after realising that Gamora was in the same boat and she suffered more because she forced herself to live next to her greatest enemy in order to get justice.

StarLord was the Glue that held it all togther and I loved the one Guy from the millitary that was instemental in saving the “federation” main planet because he belived StarLord’s Hillarious message.


6 posted on 08/04/2014 10:58:19 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: GraceG

Forgot to add in “I am Groot”

He was awesome and was the “cutesy charchter” but not overdone and somewhat hillarious at certain points.

Loved when he skewed a whole bunch of minions then whipped them around for a bit and then gave the team a kinda goofy look as if to say “Did Groot do good?”. It was hillarious.

So many good lines, and many time the lines were drowned out by laughter inthe theatre, will definately be getting the Blue-Ray/ DVD.


7 posted on 08/04/2014 11:01:05 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: GraceG

Totally agree with everything you just posted. We saw it this weekend and thought it was terrific!


8 posted on 08/04/2014 11:06:49 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: Red Badger

Watched it on July 31st. Do I count?


9 posted on 08/04/2014 11:07:26 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
Was it as good as William Friedkin's " The Exorcist " ?

No offense to you but it's amazing what mindless driveling crap passes for film these days. A raccoon? Green comic book people?

Huh?

10 posted on 08/04/2014 11:11:22 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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To: Red Badger

I saw it last night.

Best movie I have seen in a while. Not saying it is high brow, or even a thinking mans show. It is the 80’s Classic “buddy movie” in the Marvel universe.

No overt political commentary (unless you count the peace treaty). No anti God stuff (and some surprising things on that end). Some crude jokes, but mostly good.

A definite addition to my collection when it gets released.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 11:11:36 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: atc23
Was it as good as William Friedkin's " The Exorcist " ?

You mean the movie were the Priest had to throw himself out the window because the devil was stronger then God?

12 posted on 08/04/2014 11:15:27 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: redgolum

[ No overt political commentary (unless you count the peace treaty). No anti God stuff (and some surprising things on that end). Some crude jokes, but mostly good. ]

I thought it was interesting in that they signed a peace treaty but they showed it wasn;t going to stop a fanatic like Rowan (sp) from attackign them. Kinda like how signing a treaty only works if both sides want it. Otherwise it will be used by the side that doesn’t want peace as an advantage to them.


13 posted on 08/04/2014 11:16:17 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Red Badger

A great movie! I consider this the best Marvel movie so far. Some nice sentimental moments mixed with comfortable humor and solid dialog. Rocket and Groot worked better than I ever expected. The director nailed the tone.


14 posted on 08/04/2014 11:16:20 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: Rhinoman

This was very much a kids movie. Heck the matinee I went too had lots of kids and they ate it up. It is an excellent movie IMO.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 11:18:53 AM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: Red Badger

Our family went to see it last night and it was refreshing and well worth the trip.

If you go, make sure to sit through the credits to see the VERY cute vignette placed at the end. It sets things up for a potentially great sequel.


16 posted on 08/04/2014 11:19:12 AM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

. . .and even that is getting pricey. Tickets for a family of 4, a bucket of popcorn and drinks for everyone, you’re generally 75 bucks, even more some places. Heck, my local DRIVE-IN (we still have one. . . ) charges 8 bucks a head, albeit for double features. . .


17 posted on 08/04/2014 11:19:32 AM PDT by Salgak (Peace through Superior Firepower. . . .)
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To: House Atreides

there WILL be a sequel, since it did not bomb


18 posted on 08/04/2014 11:20:28 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: atc23

It made perfect sense when the comic book came out. . . in 1969. . .


19 posted on 08/04/2014 11:21:33 AM PDT by Salgak (Peace through Superior Firepower. . . .)
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To: atc23

It made perfect sense when the comic book came out. . . in 1969. . .


20 posted on 08/04/2014 11:21:55 AM PDT by Salgak (Peace through Superior Firepower. . . .)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow; GraceG
i saw it, too...really liked Rocky raccoon (very dark :).

21 posted on 08/04/2014 11:22:01 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Mullah / "Rustler" 0'Reid? d8-)
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To: atc23; All

It’s a Movie, Pure escapism.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 11:24:18 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Mullah / "Rustler" 0'Reid? d8-)
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To: House Atreides; All
*D@ng!*..i walked out when the credits rolled.
23 posted on 08/04/2014 11:28:00 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Mullah / "Rustler" 0'Reid? d8-)
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To: aft_lizard

I guess kid’s movies will contain the words “prick” & “dick” from now on...


24 posted on 08/04/2014 11:28:07 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: House Atreides

Not sure that has anything to do with a sequel. Usually they do, but in this case I think so. I think it was just a nod to George Lucas.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 11:30:50 AM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: Red Badger

The weekend earned blah blah blah dollars.?.....

How many tickets were sold?


26 posted on 08/04/2014 11:31:04 AM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Rhinoman

Not for little kids. I loved Rocket, but he was a bit too foul-mouthed for the youngsters.


27 posted on 08/04/2014 11:32:53 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: skinkinthegrass

[ i saw it, too...really liked Rocky raccoon (very dark :). ]

His Name is ROCKET and he doesn’t even know that he is a Raccoon...... Which is ironic...

He apparently was abducted from earth at some point by aliens and experimented upon both biologically and cybernetically and turned into a soldier....

Maybe an alien race needed foot soldiers but wanted to use a “dumb” and “easily replacable” biological entity that could reproduce fast ie. Raccoons... that they could modify and send into combat. Once they figured out how to do the process they could make them via assembly line fasion and they could use the cybernetics to control them. Rocket probably escaped as a “Prototype” and is not a Production model. Probably because he is a clever raccoon and they are good at escaping.

I loved Rocket’s sense of dark humor, and his “Parts” list for getting out of prison and later on...


28 posted on 08/04/2014 11:33:13 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow; GraceG

Agree. Saw it Saturday evening and had a great time.

Whole audience was chuckling more than once.


29 posted on 08/04/2014 11:33:30 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: COBOL2Java

[ Not for little kids. I loved Rocket, but he was a bit too foul-mouthed for the youngsters. ]

Well he is a Raccoon, even if he himself doesn’t know what a Raccoon is. And they do dig around in the trash.....


30 posted on 08/04/2014 11:34:33 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: aft_lizard

” Not sure that has anything to do with a sequel. Usually they do, but in this case I think so. I think it was just a nod to George Lucas. “

Actually the Bird in question is a Marvel property. It was originally a Marvel Comic Book before it was a crappy 80’s movie made by George Lucas..


31 posted on 08/04/2014 11:35:59 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: House Atreides
[ If you go, make sure to sit through the credits to see the VERY cute vignette placed at the end. It sets things up for a potentially great sequel. ]


32 posted on 08/04/2014 11:37:36 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: GraceG

Heh! :-)


33 posted on 08/04/2014 11:37:50 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: Red Badger

I’ll make sure I torrent it in a few weeks to see if I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it.


34 posted on 08/04/2014 11:48:28 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Salgak

We see the first showing of the day ($5.25 each), and bring snacks from home.


35 posted on 08/04/2014 11:58:48 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: GraceG

If I remember correctly, he was made as a companion for geriatric and disabled people. The enhancements were meant to allow him to discuss things and tend to their needs. Apparently the beings who made him didn’t realize how cranky raccoons are.


36 posted on 08/04/2014 11:58:53 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: GraceG; All
"His Name is ROCKET"
just trying to suit the music (Beatles).
the Prisoner's (Bionic :) Eye comment! ...priceless

37 posted on 08/04/2014 12:19:59 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Mullah / "Rustler" 0'Reid? d8-)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

I guess kid’s movies will contain the words “prick” & “dick” from now on...


You mean like, “Did you prick your finger?”

and

“Dick, is that you?”


38 posted on 08/04/2014 12:43:56 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: Rockpile
How many tickets were sold?

I wish ticket counts were used instead of dollars. How else can you compare Malificient, for instance to The Wizard of Oz, or The Avengers to GWTW?

39 posted on 08/04/2014 12:50:53 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: GraceG
Well, I could have done with out the nod....I have had that crappy song from the original movie running through my head since Saturday night.

It was funny for about 5 minutes and now I wish I had not stayed through the credits!

40 posted on 08/04/2014 1:12:23 PM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Red Badger

“Meanwhile, James Brown biopic Get On Up took third place with a modest $14 million debut. “

Why do they keep making outdated rock star biographies like this? They’re all the same, they start out great but always end up tragic and sad, and the movies never make any money. Are they just full-length ads for the soundtrack?


41 posted on 08/04/2014 1:49:13 PM PDT by RaveOn ("No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie." Lamar Keene, "True Believers")
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To: House Atreides
If you go, make sure to sit through the credits to see the VERY cute vignette placed at the end. It sets things up for a potentially great sequel.

I really liked the end credit scene, but would be very surprised if it was setting up for a sequel. Without spoiling it, I think it is safe to say that the scene was an homage to one of the biggest box office bombs of the 1980s.

42 posted on 08/04/2014 1:49:33 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: RaveOn

Freddie Mercury is next......................


43 posted on 08/04/2014 2:06:34 PM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: Bogey78O

If I remember right, he was basically altered for the purpose of being law enforcement “Ranger” Rocket in order to help serve a lunatic asylum.


44 posted on 08/04/2014 2:14:30 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: GraceG

Haven’t seen the movie yet - looking forward to it - but interesting that of all characters that one is being considered for a reboot.


45 posted on 08/04/2014 2:22:59 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: GeronL

It POURED in the northeast over the weekend.


46 posted on 08/04/2014 2:24:15 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

so people go to theaters?


47 posted on 08/04/2014 2:24:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Yes! It’s late summer, kids are bored to death, can’t go to the beach. What else to do but take them to the movies. The perfect movie storm.


48 posted on 08/04/2014 2:26:49 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: ItsOurTimeNow

Love to do that. Minor little problem, I work during the early show (grin)


49 posted on 08/04/2014 3:29:03 PM PDT by Salgak (Peace through Superior Firepower. . . .)
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To: sportutegrl

Of course the money is the only thing that matters to them but I also think that keeping quiet on actual attendance data helps keep us little old peons from noticing declining viewership and ever inflating ticket costs.


50 posted on 08/04/2014 4:04:23 PM PDT by Rockpile
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