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The James Gunn-directed film was made for $170 million and is certain to recoup that amount thanks to the immensely positive buzz this film is receiving. For example, according to Entertainment Weekly, "Guardians scored a great 92 percent from reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- from EW‘s Chris Nashawaty, who called it 'a giddily subversive space opera that runs on self-aware smart-assert.'" Our own Aaron Sagers attended a screening of the film and even before it was released, he predicted that "Marvel has a new shiny gem to add to its growing cinematic gauntlet."
Marvel is definitely on a roll and EW points out that Guardians is "Marvel’s ninth consecutive No. 1 movie, a streak that reaches back to 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' (2012), which debuted at No. 3." They're on such a roll that a sequel to Guardians was announced at San Diego Comic-Con a week before the film even opened. According to James Gunn, they're hoping for a July 28, 2017 release date. 2017! Too far away!
Here's this weekend's box office break-down:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $94 million (new)
2. Lucy – $18.3 million ($79.6 million total)
3. Get On Up – $14 million (new)
4. Hercules — $10.7 million ($52.3 million total)
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes– $8.7 million Friday ($189.3 million total)