A List of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Box Office Records and Superlatives

1
#1 August Opening Weekend Ever
#1 August Opening Weekend Ever
Marvel/Film Frame
'Guardians of the Galaxy' trounced the previous record holder, 'The Bourne Ultimatum,' by a significant margin, securing the highest August opening of all time.
2
#6 Opening Weekend in the Marvel Universe
#6 Opening Weekend in the Marvel Universe
Walt Disney Studios/Marvel
James Gunn's opener bested those of other Marvel Universe films like 'Thor,' 'The Incredible Hulk,' and 'Captain America: The First Avenger.'
3
#12 Opening Weekend for a Superhero Movie
#12 Opening Weekend for a Superhero Movie
Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel
With the superhero genre being such a strong winner in general, it's rather amazing that a bonkers entry filled with unknown characters hit the top 12.
article continues below ad
4
#2 Opening Weekend for a Sci-Fi/Adventure
#2 Opening Weekend for a Sci-Fi/Adventure
Walt Disney Studios/Marvel
In terms of vast science fiction films, the 'Guardians' opening weekend was impressively bested only by 'Star Wars: Episode III - Return of the Sith.'
5
#1 Opening Weekend for a Sci-Fi Comedy
#1 Opening Weekend for a Sci-Fi Comedy
Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel
The combination of yuks and lasers has produced some lucrative films (notably the Men in Black movies). But none has scored a higher opening weekend than 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'
6
#5 Opening Weekend to Kick Off a Franchise
#5 Opening Weekend to Kick Off a Franchise
Marvel/Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube
It may be cheating to call 'Guardians of the Galaxy' the start of a franchise, given its connection to the larger Marvel Universe, but James Gunn's sci-fi adventure has become the fifth highest grossing film to kick-off a series.
article continues below ad
7
#5 Opening Weekend Written by a Woman
#5 Opening Weekend Written by a Woman
Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel
Newcomer Nicole Pearlman penned the lion's share of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' script. Her witticisms and nerdy '80s references catapulted the film to the No. 5 slot for female-written films, after three Twilight features and Alice in Wonderland.
8
#1 Opening Weekend for Zoe Saldana
#1 Opening Weekend for Zoe Saldana
Walt Disney Studios/Marvel
Saldana has appeared in other, massive sci-fi blockbusters, including 'Avatar' and 'Star Trek,' but none have scored a higher opening weekend than 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' Green really is the color of money.
9
#28 Opening Weekend for a PG-13 Movie
#28 Opening Weekend for a PG-13 Movie
Walt Disney Studios/Marvel
PG-13 is the proven moneymaker in American cinema, and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has taken the 28th spot on the list of highest grossing PG-13 opening weekends.
article continues below ad
10
#32 Opening Weekend of All Time
#32 Opening Weekend of All Time
Walt Disney Studios/Marvel
In the grand scheme of things, Marvel's space opera earned the 32nd highest opening weekend of all time. Not bad for a bunch of a-holes.
11
#1 Live Action Comedy of All Time
#1 Live Action Comedy of All Time
Walt Disney Studios/Marvel
Come and get your LOLz, people.

SIMILAR ARTICLES