“Guardians of the Galaxy” broke records this weekend when it made an estimated $94 million in the North American box office.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” currently holds the highest domestic opening weekend for a movie premiering in August. The previous holder of this record was “The Bourne Ultimatum” which made $69.3 million. “Guardians of the Galaxy” currently has the third best opening weekend of 2014, behind “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at $95 million and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” at $100 million. “Guardians of the Galaxy” had the best opening weekend of any non-sequel this year. It’s estimated that “Guardians of the Galaxy” made $160.4 million globally.
These figures dwarf the domestic earnings of the other movies playing this weekend. “Lucy” had the second best weekend and made $18.2 million, “Get on Up” premiered with $14 million, “Hercules” made $10.7 million and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” made $8.7 million.
The monetary success of this film guarantees that these characters will get even more screen time in various Marvel projects. A second “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie is being planned and there is an animated series in development.