Talk about a bunch of losers over-performing at the box office. While early expectations had Guardians of the Galaxy doing in the $65 million to $70 million range for it’s opening weekend, the film has blown away expectations.
On Thursday night, Guardians of the Galaxy set a new Thursday night opening record for 2014 with a $11.2 million take. The big Thursday night opening rolled into Friday’s box office number for a very solid $37.8 million opening day.
As the first day numbers hit, many box office experts quickly revised their projections upwards to put Guardians of the Galaxy in the same opening weekend range of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. With weekend projections from Sunday morning now officially released, Guardians of the Galaxy is projected to do $94 million on its opening weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy's opening weekend is just short of Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million opening weekend, but it's still in the same ballpark, and it could always change when final numbers come out Monday.
Guardians of the Galaxy’s opening weekend box office not only breaks the all-time record for an August opening weekend, but completely smashes it. The previous opening weekend record for August was The Bourne Ultimatum, which took in $69.2 million back in 2007. As August is considered a month when the summer is winding down as kids head back to school, big studios normally prefer to get their biggest blockbusters out earlier in the summer. However Guardians of the Galaxy’s success could lead to more studios gambling with an August release date in the future.