Guardians of the Galaxy moved to $300million domestic and $600million worldwide today. The Marvel scifi/comedy recently became the (domestically) highest grossing film of the year, a title I don’t think even the film’s most avid supporters ever expected prior to its release. It’s likely the film will relinquish this title to either Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (likely) or Interstellar (less likely), but still it’s quite an incredible accomplishment to be leading the yearly box office in September.
It’s especially remarkable when you consider
(A) the film is about a group of misfit heroes that most people have never heard of, one being a talking raccoon
(B) there were two comic book films X-men: Days of Future Past & Captain America: Winter Soldier that not only are sequels in a huge franchise but also were critically acclaimed (and rightfully so as far as I’m concerned).
I for one am glad that Guardians has done so well. It was truly an extremely well-made film and easily one of the funniest of the year. Congrats to James Gunn. As of today it is in my top 10 of 2014, and I don’t expect that to change.