‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Soars To $200 Million Mark, Will Win Summer

We got the d*ck message. It seems nothing can stop Marvel Studios latest adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy. The humorous and action-packed space epic is on pace to earn another $20 million in its third weekend in release, but a much higher plateau has already been achieved. Guardians hit the $200 million mark after 15 days in theaters, which according to The Wrap, will shortly place it in front of Transformers: Age of Extinction as the summer’s biggest blockbuster domestically.

While Transformers has hit a billion dollars worldwide, due partly to the fact it was filmed in, and partially takes place in China. Guardians does’t have the luxury, as it was shot primarily on sound stages at London’s Shepperton Studios. But what it does have over the soulless, ugly, and loud humans with a few robots thrown into the mix in Michael Bay’s futile attempts to tell a cohesive story is just that. A story. And heart. And soul. And so much more.

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Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) is the epitome of soul in Guardians of the Galaxy

Audiences have taken to Guardians of the Galaxy, and even though the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took first place at the box office last weekend and is trending to do the same this weekend, Guardians made a ton of money when it opened–$30 million more than what the martial artist amphibians made, and Marvel’s film continues to perform very well, as it is now projected to earn $23 million this weekend, which will push its total to $220 million after Sunday. Transformers bowed out at $243 million domestically, so Guardians could overtake it as early as next weekend. Not bad for a movie about a bunch of “A-holes.”

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt (TVs Parks and Recreation, The Lego Movie), Dave Bautista (WWE superstar Batista) and Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), along with the voices of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as the living tree from Planet X, Groot. The incredible success of the film has already earned it a sequel in July of 2017, as reported here on The Inquisitr.

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Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is the heart of Guardians of the Galaxy

The other films to break the $200 million mark this summer, according to Box Office Mojo are Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which earned $236.4 million, Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which has earned $232 million, and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which has earned $202 million. Note that three of the top five earning films this summer are based off of Marvel Comics creations, and if Ninja Turtles were to make it to $200 million, four of the top five could very well end up being based on comic books. Transformers was also a Marvel comics property in the 1980s, and now has a series on IDW, but it is known primarily as a toy line. Regardless of semantics, Guardians of the Galaxy could very well rule them all before the summer movie season ends officially on Labor Day weekend.

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