ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Kit Simpson Browne

Sure, those lovable Guardians of the Galaxy may have stolen all of our hearts with their space-bound antics, explosive raccoons and sort-of-talking trees - but that's not always a guarantee of box-office or critical success.

I mean, just look at Firefly:

  Just look at it!
Just look at it!

This time, though, things are different.

As in they're breaking pretty much every record that comes their way kind of different.

Just...all of them.


It all started with the movie's opening weekend - blowing the record for an opening weekend in August to pieces with a $94 million haul.

It still, though, came in just behind the $95 million and $100 million takes that Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Transformers: Age of Extinction respectively managed.

Which just seems have angered it, and set it on its way to decimating the next record it could get its hands on.


Say, for instance, by making more money after 10 days than Transformers had, setting it well on its way to eventually become the most successful movie of the year at the US box office.

Mainly because everyone seems to love it.

As in, it's currently the highest rated movie of 2014 on the IMDB Top 250.

  28 places ABOVE Citizen Kane.
28 places ABOVE Citizen Kane.

And the only one released this year in the top 100 (it's currently at 37, with the next one being X-Men: Days of Future Past at 111th, which also happens to be the next highest ranked Marvel-themed movie).

And rated at 92% with critics, and 96% with fans, on Rotten Tomatoes.

Which means all it needs is another $85 million dollars or so in the US, and some big openings internationally, and 2014 will 100% be the Guardians' year.

  Which, in retrospect, was pretty obvious...
Which, in retrospect, was pretty obvious...

And then when 2015 rolls around?

Get ready for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

[Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) is on general release now - and if you haven't already seen it at least five times, I assume you're currently in line while reading this.


What do you guys think? Is 2014 the Guardians of the Galaxy's Year?



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