Remember when the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy came out? Remember when website after website after website after website suggested that it would be "Marvel's first flop?" Well, fans can rest easy, because Guardians of the Galaxy not only had a stellar weekend, but it has broken several records in the process.
As of right now, studio estimates are looking very good for Marvel's newest film. BoxOffice.com is reporting an estimated $94 million opening weekend for Guardians, which is way above industry expectations of around $78 million.
It is set to score the third-highest opening weekend of 2014, with only Transformers: Age of Extinction and Captain America: The Winter Soldier topping it. That would make its opening higher than The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent, 22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Furthermore, Guardians has set record for the highest August opening in all of cinema history, beating The Bourne Ultimatum's opening of $69 million in 2007.
It also marks the first time since Mortal Kombat's release in 1995 that a movie released in August had a higher opening weekend than any movie released in July of the same year. July 2014's biggest weekend was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $72 million.
Not only that, but audience reception has been stellar. With a 96% approval rating on Flixster and a glowing "A" grade on Cinemascore, the opening weekend of Guardians of the Galaxy is a dream come true for fans of quirky and comedic sci-fi.
It is highly likely that Guardians will have strong legs in the following weeks, even with the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend. Audiences are in love with it, and thanks to them, those who doubted it have been proven wrong.