ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

As many of you know by now, "Guardians of the Galaxy" passed the first "Iron Man" on the All-Time Box-Office Chart this past weekend.

It's $3.7 million take this past weekend brought it's domestic take to a total of $319.1 million - and counting - which pushed it past the $318.4 million domestic take of Robert Downey, Jr.'s first solo adventure, which came out in 2008.

This really puts "Guardians" in an elite category in terms of Marvel Cinematic Universe films and Marvel films in general.

Please consider: "Guardians of the Galaxy" is now the third-most successful release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, behind only the third-highest-grossing film of all time domestically, "Marvel's The Avengers" ($623 million) and the most successful film from the MCU's most popular character, "Iron Man 3" ($409 million), which enjoyed the second-biggest opening weekend of all time ($174 million).

This is remarkable. It means "Guardians" has now been more successful, by far, than three of the four Avengers who have received solo films - Thor, Captain America and the Hulk. The difference is particularly striking when you compare initial installments in other MCU franchises with "Guardians".

"Guardians of the Galaxy" has made 250% more domestically than the relatively puny $134 million "The Incredible hulk" managed.

It seems a foregone conclusion that "Guardians will likely finish with $330 million domestically, which will be almost double that of "Captain America: The First Avenger" ($176 million domestic take) and "Thor" ($181 million domestic take).

Even adjusted for ticket-price inflation, "Guardians of the Galaxy" would rank fifth among Marvel Cinematic Universe releases in domestic box-office, behind only the three "Iron Man" films and "Avengers". It has sold has sold many more tickets domestically than "The Incredible Hulk", the 2 "Thor" films and the 2 "Captain America" films.

However, "Guardians" will likely pass the adjusted domestic take of "Iron Man 2" ($320 million) in the next day or so, which would leave it at #4, in terms of tickets sold.

While approaching the adjusted domestic take of $361 million for "Iron Man" is unlikely, that is still an amazing achievement.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is doing even better, comparatively speaking, to it's Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts in terms of Worldwide Box-Office.

It now ranks fifth of the 10 MCU films released. It's $644.3 Million worldwide box-office take is nearly triple that of "The Incredible Hulk" ($263 million) and nearly double that of "Captain America: The First Avenger" ($370.6 million). It is also ahead of "Thor" ($449.3 million); "Iron Man" ($585.2 million) and "Iron Man 2" ($623.9 million).

Sometime today, it should pass the worldwide box-office take of "Thor: The Dark World" ($644.8 million), leaving it trailing only "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" ($714.1 million); "Iron Man 3" ($1.2 billion) and "The Avengers" ($1.5 billion).

That's some pretty impressive company.


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