Guardians of the Galaxy has made $586 million worldwide, securing it as the biggest Marvel superhero movie “starter” of all time at the global box office. The new film has even surpassed the first Iron Man film globally, which started not only the successful trilogy of Iron Man movies but also led to Marvel’s The Avengers.
In addition to being the biggest Marvel “franchise-starter” worldwide, Guardians of the Galaxy is the fifth biggest Marvel Studios series starter in the U.S. It follows Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3. The film is projected to earn more than Iron Man 2 in the U.S.
Guardians of the Galaxy premiered on Aug. 1 in the United States. It was the top-grossing film in its first week at the U.S. box office. Despite its high gross worldwide, it has not yet been viewed in China, Japan or Italy.
Director James Gunn took a lot from nay-sayers during the making of the movie. He was told that “it was going to bomb” and that a movie with “a talking raccoon” was stupid. Despite the feedback and negative opinions, he continued the project. On Sept. 7 he told fans through Facebook that the movie was “still going strong.” According to Gunn, if he had collected a penny per negative comment received about the film, he would probably have as much money as the current Guardians worldwide gross.
The film has also outperformed DC’s best movies. Guardians of the Galaxy has just overtaken Man of Steel domestically, earning about $294 million compared to Man of Steel‘s $291 million. It also beat out Batman Begins, which earned $200 million. Guardians will open in Japan this upcoming weekend. To beat Man of Steel worldwide, it will have to earn over $688 million.
Success was perhaps stacked in the movie’s favor–September has been a “quiet” month for new releases. However, Guardians has done better than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, another action movie that takes characters that originally appeared in a comic book. Ninja Turtles has only accrued about $174 million so far.
The team in composed of space-faring heroes that protect the Milky Way, the galactic home of Earth’s solar system, from hostile forces. The members that are featured in the new Marvel film include a human man named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who also goes by the name Star-Lord, the alien woman Gamora (Zoe Saldana), space-raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper), the plant-man Groot (Vin Diesel) and the muscular creature Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista).
The team first appeared in 1967 in Marvel Super-Heroes’ 18th issue, though with a different team make-up. A second series was published in the 1990s. In 2008, a new series was released, and there is now a new series published monthly by Marvel Comics.
In the film, Peter Quill/Star-Lord is drafted into a struggle against a cosmic threat after he steals a “mysterious orb” that has dangerous properties. Pursued by the villain Ronan, he has to join together with a collection of other roguish individuals to prevent a galactic catastrophe. Thanos, seen briefly in the post-credits epilogue of Marvel’s The Avengers, also appears in the film.
For now, Guardians of the Galaxy is a definite hit worldwide with its $587 million, and it has earned its place as the biggest starter for Marvel so far. The film is still in theaters and fighting the good fight for Marvel Studios.
By Jillian Moyet