It’s really early but Marvel/Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is set to save the summer movie season as well as the, umm, well galaxy. According to The Wrap, the film managed to take in $11.2 million in Thursday night openings, which puts the new comic book centered epic on a thunderous pace.
In addition to the nice chunk of change, the film is also seeing positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and that word of mouth has proven in the past it can make or break a film. In a summer with surprisingly few hits and must sees, Guardians is going to have work some special effects fueled magic.
As if a talking raccoon and tree were not enough, the movie is also being touted as a Star-Lord-in-the-making role for Chris Pratt. Deadline is even drawing comparisons for the new star to Robert Downey Jr. and Tony Stark/Iron Man. Of course, there is a long way to go.
Since this movie is more humor related than anything Marvel (sigh, and Disney) have done in the past, the departure carried a certain amount of risk. I would imagine as film execs were sitting in rooms waiting for calls about grosses, they were elated and felt the pressure ease when that $11 million number floated in.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” could become the summer box office leader, as the competition has been hot, but there hasn’t been a “Dark Knight” or “Avengers” type of break out. Maybe this is the time, and all those characters, that Marvel has stashed into the pages of comic books can relax and get in line for their turn on the big silver screen.
With good word of mouth and an early strong gross, Guardians could managed the $100 million debut level, and that would be something a summer slump saving feat. Either way, in a few days everyone will have their answer.