Guardians Of The Galaxy, which rocketed to record debut in China last weekend with a $29.8M gross (the best of any title there in October), has now passed $700M worldwide to become the third Walt Disney Studios’ release to do so this year. It also is now the fourth Marvel title to pass that benchmark after Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (also from Disney).
In its opening weekend, China catapulted into the No. 3 position among the film’s top offshore markets, behind the UK and Russia. Italy opens next on October 22. With a haul of $378.4M, the Star Lord’s international gross has surpassed Iron Man 2 ($312M), The Wolverine ($282M), Thor ($268M), Iron Man ($267M) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($194M). Domestically, Guardians is now at $326.7M.
The sci-fi actioner bowed with a whopping $94.3M on August 1, boosting the dog days of summer to a record-setting month. It also marked Marvel’s 10th consecutive No. 1 opening. It had the best ever August release in the industry’s history and was also the first film of 2014 to cross $300M at the domestic box office. Geez, just how many records can it break?
Director James Gunn will return to write and direct Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, due out July 28, 2017.