Star Lord be praised! After the worst July in more than a decade, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is breathing life back into this summer’s box office. The film got off to a huge start on Thursday night, taking in $11.2 million from early previews. That beats the $10.2 million that Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned from its Thursday screenings (also starting at 7 p.m.) back in April. Captain America 2 went on to claim $36.9 million on Friday and an opening weekend of $95 million. Based on Friday’s estimate, Guardians of the Galaxy could be headed even higher. Disney is reporting that Guardians earned $37.8 million from 4,080 locations on its opening day. That’s the third-highest single day of 2014 (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction and Godzilla) and it suggests an opening weekend of around $95 million. Hit the jump for details and Friday’s top five.
guardians-of-the-galaxy-teaser-posterIf you’ve been paying attention to this summer’s box office you know that it’s been a little lackluster. No film has earned more than $250 million at the domestic box office (compared to four last summer) and only one title (Transformers 4) opened above $100 million. July is typically the most lucrative month of the summer, but in 2014 total revenue for the month failed to pass $1 billion for the first time since 2002. The year’s top two films are still Captain America 2 and The LEGO Movie, both released before the summer even started.
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