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Updated, Friday 6:02 Pm: More numbers are rolling in for Guardians of the Galaxy right now which is on track at the moment to take in anywhere from $33M to $36M tonight for a three-day weekend that is right now in the $88M to $95M range and will get a better idea in a couple of more hours so stay tuned, but this looks to be the case at the moment. Matinees have ended incredibly strong. Regardless, this is another great hit for the daring duo of Disney/Marvel. Stay tuned. Updated, Friday, 1:33 Pm: Matinee showings of James Gunn’s The […] »
It's one of Marvel Studios' riskiest films to date, and film critics are rewarding them for it. James Gunn's fun space opera "Guardians of the Galaxy" has pulled in a 92% and 7.7/10 on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 76/100 Metacritic, making it one of the best scoring wide releases of the year so far.
The box-office looks set to reward them too with better than expected early numbers indicating the film is slated to not only surpass its $60-70 million opening weekend estimates, but fly right by them and potentially garner in the $90 million range.
The ultimate question is though, what did you think about it? I thoroughly enjoyed it, a fun romp that's one of Marvel Studios' best films to date. It fumbles a bit on the exposition-heavy first act, and the villains a bit under developed, but otherwise it's just a blast and (unlike other Marvel films »
- Garth Franklin
Guardians Of The Galaxy opened today, and has already broken the record for box office midnight sales this year! To celebrate such a momentous occasion, check out my interview with Mr. Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu in the film, as we talk about Guardians Of The Galaxy’s social media praise, Merle Dixon, and why James Gunn continues to cover his beautiful face.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is »
- Melissa Howland
How much did Guardians of the Galaxy make on its first evening? Does James Gunn have deleted scenes held back from the film? Which actors have been added to Gotham and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? When is Lego Batman 3 coming out? Why are superhero movies so devoid of color these days? Which character traits are missing […]
- Germain Lussier
Marvel’s most ambitious and risky film to date is finally here. Guardians of the Galaxy touches down in theatres with a fury of excitement and anticipation, brining with it glowing reviews and the promise of a wild and wacky adventure that just might provide the most fun you’ll have all summer. Starring an incredible cast, led by Chris Pratt, and boasting direction from the brilliant James Gunn, all signs point to the film being the studio’s best effort yet.
One of the most talked about elements of Guardians of the Galaxy is certainly its cast, and it’s easy to see why. Opting to go for some pretty unconventional casting choices, Gunn and the folks at Marvel have put together one of the most interesting ensembles of the year. One member of the cast that definitely has a lot of people curious is wrestler Dave Bautista, who portrays Drax the Destroyer. »
- Matt Joseph
The superhero movies released by Marvel Studios tend to downplay the more outré elements of their source material. Even the Thor films have mostly held back on the elaborate space-god architecture of the comic book’s mythology, defaulting to a few familiar fantasy-genre elements (evil elves, shining cities, magic-as-plot-shortcut). Not so with Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie which dives deep into a few different deep-space cultures. Perhaps fearful of scaring people off, the movie’s first act drops a lot of exposition grenades about the key points of Galaxy’s Galaxy. Even if you can’t tell the Kree from the Xandarians, »
- Darren Franich
Early in his prolific career, James Gunn penned the screenplay for “The Specials,” a movie centering on the sixth or seventh most popular superheroes in the world. He has now come full circle as the writer-director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” also about a group of oddballs–an orphan, two aliens bent on a revenge, a talking raccoon and a tree-like creature. “I love losers,” he says simply. “That’s just who my people are and that’s who I’m attracted to.” While they’re not as well-known as, say, “Captain America,” this ensemble of outcasts is earning rave reviews and already breaking box office records.
Gunn got an education in low-budget movie making via Troma Films, where he began his career, but has also worked on studio films, having written scripts for the “Scooby-Doo” movies and the acclaimed 2004 “Dawn of the Dead” remake. As he brings a specific vision to his movies, »
- Jenelle Riley
The Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Studio: Marvel / Disney Director: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot (voice), Bradley Cooper as Rocket (voice), Lee Pace as Ronan, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, John C. Reilly as Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector Screenwriters: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman RottenTomatoes: 92% MetaCritic: 77/100 Snippet from My "D+" Review: (read my full review here) I never felt a tinge of excitement. The story is nothing more than a "to do" list as we bounce across the galaxy, meeting this person and that being, moving from Xandar to Knowhere, for the first hour or so before we finally realize that's all this is, a means of establishing a few characters, acquiring a MacGuffin and preparing for »
- Brad Brevet
As previously reported, The Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise is already set to get a 2nd installment/sequel released into theaters by July 28th, 2017. And director, James Gunn, has already revealed possible ideas/spoilers that he has cooked up. It turns out that we're definitely going to see some stuff about Peter Quill's father. More stuff on the Nebula character. Additional stuff about Yondu, Drax and more. James Gunn's spoilery statements read like this: "I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill’s father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows. There are a lot of things that are part of the overall schematic that already exist, »
Now playing around the world is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Loaded with great performances, an extremely funny script, and some fantastic action sequences,Guardians of the Galaxy should be a big hit with moviegoers and it helps to explain why Marvel was so quick to announce that a sequel is coming July 28, 2017. For more on the film, read Matt's review. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with James Gunn. He talked about his reaction to everyone loving the film, deleted scenes, whether he would release an extended cut, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
As previously reported, The Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise already has a sequel in the works, and that has been the case well before the release of the first movie, which took place today, August 1st. With that being said, the release date for the sequel is currently set for July 28th, 2017. So, we're looking at 3 years before the next installment. Additionally, we've also got a few sequel ideas that director, James Gunn, has served up to the press, via Slashfilm. The quotes read like this: " I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill’s father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows. There are a lot of »
After working with filmmaker James Gunn on his first two directorial efforts, Slither and Super, Michael Rooker makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, opening in theaters August 1. While he's not one of the Guardians themselves, Yondu, an outlaw leading a team of miscreants known as The Ravagers, plays a critical role in this Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two adventure.
I recently had the chance to speak with Michael Rooker about the extensive commitment it took to just apply the makeup for this character, how filmmaker James Gunn's style has been altered (if at all) to build this immense sequel, and much more.
I read that you were worried that your schedule on The Walking Dead would conflict with this. That must have been an odd position to be in.
Michael Rooker: It totally did. It totally conflicted, and it was like, »
Guardians of the Galaxy looks like a $250 million movie, but with a production budget of only $170 million, Marvel Studios look set to make a very well-deserved profit on James Gunn's superb movie (Kevin Feige and Disney execs clearly realised that they had something special on their hands, hence why they gave a sequel the greenlight at this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con). Initial estimations had Guardians of the Galaxy opening with $65 million, or $70 million if lucky. Well, the movie - which isn't a sequel and features characters that even die-hard comic book fans aren't overly familiar with - is exceeding expectations, and will have no trouble beating The Bourne Ultimatum's previous August record of $69.3 million. $90 million is now the expected number (after taking around $36 million today), a huge debut for a movie like this in a month where many blockbusters fail to find their »
Chris Pratt may get first billing as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in this weekend's “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but when it comes down to the bottom line, the sci-fi adventure's Mvp may just be its smallest: Rocket Raccoon. The James Gunn-directed movie made $11.2 million in Thursday night screenings — the best of the year — and is projected to have a big weekend. Analysts think fans may leave the theater talking about the mouthy, gun-toting raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. “You can never fully predict a breakout character, but we knew he was funny and that kids especially would respond to him, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Summer box office is receiving a much-needed boost, thanks to a boffo opening by Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Early Friday afternoon estimates placed the new superhero property’s opening weekend at $90 million — far above recent forecasts in the $70 million range.
Starring Chris Pratt, “Guardians” debuted to the highest Thursday opening of the year with $11.2 million and should easily score the best August debut of all-time, besting the $69.3 million haul of “The Bourne Ultimatum.”
It’s also the widest August opening in history with 4,080 theaters, nearly 3,200 of which are in 3D, carrying with them surcharges. Overseas, the film will debut in 42 international territories including the United Kingdom, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and South Korea. The picture carries an $170 million production budget.
Box office trackers quickly revised projections in the wake of the stellar performance at the Thursday-night preshows, which topped the $10.2 million take for Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »
- Dave McNary
"Ain't no thing like me, 'cept me." So says Rocket Racoon, a genetically modified racoon with a bad attitude and a fair point. The same can be said for the movie he's in, Guardians of the Galaxy, the cosmic superhero epic that continues the Marvel cinematic universe. For that matter, you can lay that dialogue and its meaning at the feet of the film's writer/director, James Gunn, who has spent his days since Troma delivering hard-edged horror and unbelievably cool superhero stories. This is his first chance at a big comic book story, and the sci-fi action, comedy extraveganza within Guardians of the Galaxy is cool, comical, and a cracking great time. One could almost be inclined to call it the best Marvel Studios film yet. More below! But it's difficult to claim any, one Marvel movie as better than the rest. Each comic book adaptation brings with it »
- Jeremy Kirk
Fans have had high hopes for Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” since the first teaser dropped in February and, according to most critics, moviegoers will not be disappointed. Rotten Tomatoes already collected 161 critics’ reviews of the James Gunn-helmed Disney release — which opened Thursday night — and 90 percent of them are positive. Chris Pratt stars in “Guardians” as a goofy, space brigand named Peter Quill (who prefers the moniker “Star-Lord.”) He heads up an unlikely band of heroes which includes Bradley Cooper (a feisty, well-armed raccoon), Vin Diesel (an adorable tree monster), Dave Bautista (a knife expert with awful skin »
- Travis Reilly
This weekend "Guardians of the Galaxy" is primed to shatter August opening weekend records. Audiences seem to be onboard with the quirky space comedy, trusting Marvel to navigate through yet another origin story without getting stale of boring. But "Guardians" is the least well-known Marvel property to date. Most people will go into the theater a blank slate, bringing no preconceived notions as to who these characters are. Even bit players from other Marvel films — The Collector and Thanos — are shrouded in mystery for mainstream movie-going audiences. Writers Nicole Perlman and James Gunn are using ignorance to their advantage, playing fast and loose with origin stories and relationship dynamics. Below are some of the changes they made and how they could affect future installations of the franchise. Warning: Spoilers for "Guardians of the Galaxy" and potential spoilers for future movies inside! »
- Donna Dickens
One of the most exciting casting announcements to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in recent months has been that Josh Brolin is taking on the role of the incredibly powerful Thanos, a major villain who will show up here and there in Marvel movies before ultimately threatening the Avengers in Avengers 3 (or so the fan theories go). One can imagine that Brolin got a pretty hefty paycheck as part of his multi-film deal with the studio, and Marvel definitely isn’t letting the actor rest on his laurels until Avengers 3 in 2018 or ’19. In fact, Brolin appears in the (purple) flesh for the first time in this week’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
I won’t spoil the character’s role in that (amazing) movie, but suffice to say Thanos is going to be around for quite a long time, which explains why Marvel went after a high-profile actor like Brolin. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s safe to say that “Guardians of the Galaxy” score composer Tyler Bates has never written a cue titled “What A Bunch Of A-holes” before. “That’s James Gunn,” Bates laughs, referring to the movie’s director. “That was in his dialog. It was fun.” The fact that Gunn named a number of the music cues is a testament to the closeness that Bates and Gunn enjoy after working on a trio of Gunn-directed films together: “Slither,” “Super” and now “Guardians.” They met when Bates scored and Gunn wrote Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead.” The pair’s working relationship is such that Gunn brought in Bates as soon as the director got the “Guardians” job. “He started telling me his thoughts in terms of tone. He wanted dramatic and thematic,” Bates says. “He asked if I’d be up to writing in advance.” Bates began writing material »
- Melinda Newman
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