The Hollywood Reporter notes Guardians of the Galaxy earned $37.8 million on Friday and will take the record of best August opening from The Bourne Ultimatum. THR projects a $92 million debut for Guardians, which opened in 4,080 theaters. Marvels latest appears to also be a hit at the foreign box office, earning $11 million since its release on Thursday. Box Office Mojo reports Guardians of the Galaxy earned $11.2 million in Thursday screenings in America. The movie was considered a bit of a risk as it featured an unknown group of characters from an obscure Marvel comic and starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, or Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot and Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon. While Chris Pratt is known for his role in Parks and Recreation, his biggest movie role prior to Guardians was providing the voice of Emmet Brickowoski in The Lego Movie. Guardians is not a cheap movie either, with a projected budget of $170 million that does not include marketing, but based on critical reception, currently 92 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes , and fan reception, an A grade on CinemaScore , Marvel Studios and Disney's bet paid off.
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Characters that initially seemed like liabilitiesRocket Raccoon and Groot, specificallywound up being a major draw, particularly with A-list actors Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel providing vocal support. More broadly, the movie consistently managed to look like a fun and (mostly) fresh adventure. Add in an aggressive late marketing push and some very positive reviews (over 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and a new Marvel franchise was born this weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy wound up having a ton of appeal with women: exit polling indicated that the audience was 44 percent female, which is the biggest share ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie (the previous high was 40 percent for The Avengers). Meanwhile, the audience was 55 percent over the age of 25. 3D shows accounted for 45 percent of ticket sales.
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Guardians stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, an American pilot who becomes the target of a unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by the super-villain Ronan, played by Lee Pace. Quill joins with four misfits, and after discovering the true power of the orb, he leads an effort to save the galaxy, according to a studio synopsis of the picture. The film co-stars Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, along with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Guardians garnered a 92 percent favorable rating as of Aug. 1 from critics at Rottentomatoes.com , a website that distills reviews into a single number, and had a 96 percent positive rating with fans.