Industry estimates just yesterday were proclaiming that Guardians of the Galaxy could break $70 million this weekend and take the record for biggest August opening of all time. But after the movie made over $11 million dollars on Thursday night alone, the new estimate is $95 million dollars. That would make it the second biggest opening of the year, a record currently held by the Michael Bay cinematic attrocity Transformers: Age of Extinction. If you want to know any more of the boring shit about that or see the numbers above but with more decimal points, check out The Hollywood Reporter or Deadline's completely indistinguishable articles.
We like to take a more visceral approach here at All-Nu The Outhousers.1.NOW!!, so let's take a look at some of the company Guardians of the Galaxy will be in if it hits this mark. From Box Office Mojo:
|24||X-Men: The Last Stand||Fox||$102,750,665||43.8%||3,690||$27,845||$234,362,462||5/26/2006|
|25||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||WB||$102,685,961||35.4%||3,858||$26,616||$290,013,036||11/18/2005|
|26||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull||Par.||$100,137,835||31.6%||4,260||$23,507||$317,101,119||5/22/2008|
|27||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Par.||$100,038,390||41.9%||4,233||$23,633||$238,965,915||6/27/2014|
|29||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||P/DW||$97,852,865||27.8%||4,088||$23,937||$352,390,543||6/29/2011|
|30||Fast & Furious 6||Uni.||$97,375,245||40.8%||3,658||$26,620||$238,679,850||5/24/2013|
|31||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||BV||$95,023,721||36.7%||3,938||$24,130||$258,923,934||4/4/2014|
|32||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||WB||$93,687,367||37.5%||3,855||$24,302||$249,541,069||6/4/2004|
|34||The Matrix Reloaded||WB||$91,774,413||32.6%||3,603||$25,471||$281,576,461||5/15/2003|
|35||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Sony||$91,608,337||45.3%||4,324||$21,186||$202,408,526||5/2/2014|
|36||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Fox||$90,823,660||39.2%||3,996||$22,729||$231,509,253||5/23/2014|
|37||Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone||WB||$90,294,621||28.4%||3,672||$24,590||$317,575,550||11/16/2001|
|38||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||BV||$90,151,958||37.4%||4,155||$21,697||$241,071,802||5/20/2011|
Yeesh! Half that list is pretty good company, and being near the top 30 biggest opening weekends of all time is not bad for a movie no one would have believed would be successful ten years ago, but man, there are some stinkers on there. Even if we ignore Bay's Transformers movies, which have some kind of mystical appeal that I will never understand but must begrudgingly acknowledge, kind of like John Cena, there's Matrix Reloaded, Pirates of the Caribbean... um... 4?, Crystal Skull, and X-Men The Last Stand. Woof! I'm not saying Guardians of the Galaxy getting to that spot isn't amazing and that Marvel shouldn't be proud of it, I'm just always slightly in awe when I think about how much money people have paid to see terrible movies.
Anyway, great job for Guardians of the Galaxy so far. It's an original concept (for movies), it is getting great word of mouth, and it appears to be paying off for Marvel. If the projections get even higher, we'll keep you updated. I would personally go see it five times if I thought it would knock X-Men: The Last Stand down the list a spot.