After months of buzz, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is finally making its theatrical debut this weekend, and box office prognosticators are predicting a big haul for the Marvel flick.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that “Guardians” is currently on pace to score a $65 million opening weekend total, though some industry analysts say that number could reach as high as $70 million. That would make it the highest-grossing August debut of all time, surpassing reigning champ “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which bowed to $69.2 million back in 2007. Number two on the August debuts list is “Rush Hour 2,” clocking in at $67.4 million in 2001.
The superhero flick is certainly gunning for the top spot, opening in 4,080 theaters — the widest August release ever. It’s also set to open in a number of international markets this weekend, positioning itself for a big take worldwide over the next few days.
Director James Gunn told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that “Guardians,” starring a rag-tag group of superheroes, is different from Marvel’s other team-up franchise, “The Avengers.”
“It’s much more of a space opera than a superhero movie,” Gunn told THR.
Marvel is no doubt banking on that quirky appeal to garner audience interest, and help lift the flagging movie business out of a recent downturn in ticket sales.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]