ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Another day, another milestone for "Guardians of the Galaxy"!

The Marvel Studios smash passed the $700 million mark in worldwide box-office yesterday, becoming only the seventh film this year to do so. It now has $705 million in global box-office.

The others? "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" ($1 billion), "Maleficent" ($757.2 million), "X-Men: Days of Future Past" ($746 million), "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" ($714.1 million), "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" ($709 million) and the film which passed the milestone the same day as Star-Lord and company, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ($700.4 million).

This is even more remarkable seeing as how "Guardians of the Galaxy" did pretty poor in relation to the other six in terms of foreign grosses.

The lowest of the other six in terms of foreign box-office percentage was "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", whose overseas box-office was 63.6% of it's worldwide total. The others had foreign box-office make up at least 2/3 of their worldwide total, with "Transformers: Edge of Extinction" having overseas box-office make up an incredible 77.3 % of it's worldwide gross.

In short, "Guardians of the Galaxy" has done good-but-not-great in places like Japan, which had an American film, "Frozen", lead it's box-office for 16 straight weeks. By contrast, "Guardians of the Galaxy" has fallen to 9th Place on the Japanese box-office chart after only THREE weeks and generated only $300,000 last weekend there.

With "Guardians of the Galaxy" out of the domestic Top 10 as well, there is a slight possibility it will generate the $10 million necessary to pass "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" - and keep "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" at bay.

Which would place it at fourth on the global cox-office chart for 2014.

Not bad for a film many still saw as a a big risk as recently as this past July 31.


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