Guardians of the Galaxy

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $274,610,268Details
International Box Office $237,600,000
Worldwide Box Office $512,210,268
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Synopsis

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 forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
92% - Certified Fresh
Audience
95% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$170,000,000
Theatrical Release: August 1st, 2014 (Wide) by Walt Disney
August 1st, 2014 (IMAX) by Walt Disney
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.
(Rating bulletin 2330, 7/9/2014)
Franchise: The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Genre:Adventure
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Super Hero

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Cast

Chris Pratt    Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana    Gamora
Dave Bautista    Drax
Vin Diesel    Groot
Bradley Cooper    Rocket
Lee Pace    Ronan
Michael Rooker    Yondu Udonta
Karen Gillan    Nebula
Djimon Hounsou    Korath
John C. Reilly    Corpsman Dey
Glenn Close    Nova Prime
Benicio Del Toro    The Collector
Laura Haddock    Meredith Quill
Sean Gunn    Kraglin/On Set Rocket
Peter Serafinowicz    Denarian Saal
Christopher Fairbank    The Broker
Krystian Godlewski    On Set Groot
Wyatt Oleff    Young Quill
Gregg Henry    Grandpa
Janis Ahern    Meredith's Mother
Solomon Mousley    Meredith's Brother
Lindsay Morton    Meredith's Best Friend
Robert Firth    Dr. Fitzgibbon
Melia Kreiling    Bereet
Tom Proctor    Horuz
Nick Holmes    Horuz' Mate
Max Wrottesley    Sacrificed Nova Corpsman
Stan Lee    Xandarian Ladie's Man
Nicole Alexandria Shipley    Pretty Xandarian
Sharif Atkins    Nova Arresting Pilot
Brendan Fehr    Corpsman Dey's Partner
Tomas Arana    Kree Ambassador
Mikaela Hoover    Nova Prime's Assistant
Emmett J. Scanlan    Head Riot Guard
Dominic Grant    Angry Guard
Spencer Wilding    Mean Guard
Alison Lintott    Sad Woman With Horns
Alexis Rodney    Moloka Dar
Nathan Fillion    Montrous Inmate
Keeley Forsyth    Mottled Prisoner
Frank Gilhooley    Burly Prisoner
Alexis Denisof    The Other
Enzo Cilenti    Watchtower Guard
Richard Katz    One Legged Prisoner
Enoch Frost    Rifle Guard
Ronan Summers    "Drop The Leg" Guard
Ophelia Lovibond    Carina
Laura Ortiz    Tortured Pink Girl
Marama Corlett    Pit Boss
Rosie Jones    Lady of the Boot of Jemiah
Abidemi Sobande    Lady of the Boot of Jemiah
Alex Rose    Lady of the Boot of Jemiah
Ekaterina Zalitko    Lady of the Boot of Jemiah
Emily Redding    Lady of the Boot of Jemiah
Fred Fred    Cosmo the Space Dog
Stephen Blackehart    Knowhere Dispatcher
Jennifer Moylan-Taylor    Sad Krylorian Girl
Bruce MacKinnon    One-Eyed Ravager
Ralph Ineson    Ravager Pilot
Rob Zombie    Ravager Navigator Voice
Naomi Ryan    Nova Centurion
John Brotherton    Nova Starblaster Pilot
Graham Shiels    Alien Nova Pilot
James Gunn    Maskless Sakaaran
Douglas Robson    Maskless Sakaaran
Rachel Cullen    Corpsman Dey's Wife
Isabella Poynton    Corpsman Dey's Daughter
Imogen Poynton    Corpsman Dey's Daughter
David Yarovesky    Goth Ravager
Miriam Lucia    Crying Xandarian Citizen

Production and Technical Credits

Director    James Gunn
Screenwriter    James Gunn
Screenwriter    Nicole Perlman
Producer    Kevin Feige
Executive Producer    Louis D'Esposito
Executive Producer    Alan Fine
Executive Producer    Victoria Alonso
Executive Producer    Jeremy Latcham
Executive Producer    Nik Korda
Executive Producer    Stan Lee
Co-Producer    David J. Grant
Co-Producer    Jonathan Schwartz
Director of Photography    Ben Davis
Production Designer    Charles Wood
Editor    Fred Raskin
Editor    Craig Wood
Editor    Hughes Winborne
Costume Designer    Alexandra Byrne
Visual Effects Supervisor    Stephane Ceretti
Visual Effects Producer    Susan Pickett
Composer    Tyler Bates
Music Supervisor    Dave Jordan
Casting Director    Sarah Halley Finn
Unit Production Manager    Hermione Ninnim
Unit Production Manager    Nik Korda
First Assistant Director    Jamie Christopher
Associate Producer    Jamie Christopher
Second Assistant Director    Matthew Sharp
Associate Visual Effects Supervisor    Olivier Dumont
Supervising Sound Editor    Christopher Boyes
Sound Designer    Christopher Boyes
Supervising Sound Editor    Matthew Wood
Re-recording Mixer    Lora Hirschberg
Re-recording Mixer    Christopher Boyes
Second Unit Director    Peter MacDonald
Second Unit Director    Jonathan Taylor
Stunt Coordinator    Thomas Robinson Harper
Stunt Coordinator-Fight Coordinator    James Young
Supervising Art Director    Raymond Chan
Art Director    Mike Stallion
Art Director    Mark Swain
Art Director    Tom Brown
Art Director    Jordan Crockett
Script Supervisor    Paula Casarin
Assistant Script Supervisor    Jennifer Wood
Post-Production Supervisor    Jesse Torres
First Assistant Editor    Meagan Costello
First Assistant Editor    Simon Morgan
First Assistant Editor    John Breinholt
First Assistant Editor-UK    Emma McCleave
Second Assistant Editor-UK    Ben Renton
Third Assistant Editor-UK    Louise Horishny
Assistant Editor    Chris Tonick
Assistant Editor    Dylan Quirt
Assistant Editor    Heather Mullen
Assistant Editor    Todd Felderstein
Music Editor    Darrell Hall
Music Editor    Will Kaplan
Assistant Music Editor    Nashia Wachsman
Sound Mixer    Simon Hayes
Lighting Technician    Ricky Davis
Lighting Technician    Tim Neill
Lighting Technician    Jack Ridout
Lighting Technician    Terence Townsend
Lighting Technician    William Finch
Lighting Technician    Andrew Purdy
Lighting Technician    Patrick O'Flynn
Costume Supervisor    Dan Grace
Make up    Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou
Hairstylist    Andrew Simonin
Set Decorator    Richard Roberts

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/08/01 1 $37,845,336   4,080 $9,276   $37,845,336 1
2014/08/02 1 $30,989,857 -18% 4,080 $7,596   $68,835,193 2
2014/08/03 1 $25,485,690 -18% 4,080 $6,246   $94,320,883 3
2014/08/04 1 $11,722,356 -54% 4,080 $2,873   $106,043,239 4
2014/08/05 1 $11,907,821 +2% 4,080 $2,919   $117,951,060 5
2014/08/06 1 $8,808,382 -26% 4,080 $2,159   $126,759,442 6
2014/08/07 1 $7,631,397 -13% 4,080 $1,870   $134,390,839 7
2014/08/08 2 $12,312,683 +61% 4,088 $3,012   $146,703,522 8
2014/08/09 2 $16,947,112 +38% 4,088 $4,146   $163,650,634 9
2014/08/10 2 $12,865,127 -24% 4,088 $3,147   $176,515,761 10
2014/08/11 2 $5,343,905 -58% 4,088 $1,307   $181,859,666 11
2014/08/12 2 $6,609,534 +24% 4,088 $1,617   $188,469,200 12
2014/08/13 3 $4,849,881 -27% 4,088 $1,186   $193,319,081 13
2014/08/14 2 $4,226,740 -13% 4,088 $1,034   $197,545,821 14
2014/08/15 2 $6,940,576 +64% 3,697 $1,877   $204,486,397 15
2014/08/16 2 $10,353,882 +49% 3,697 $2,801   $214,840,279 16
2014/08/17 2 $7,821,106 -24% 3,697 $2,116   $222,661,385 17
2014/08/18 1 $2,884,902 -63% 3,697 $780   $225,546,287 18
2014/08/19 2 $3,511,416 +22% 3,697 $950   $229,057,703 19
2014/08/20 1 $2,623,129 -25% 3,697 $710   $231,680,832 20
2014/08/21 1 $2,573,025 -2% 3,697 $696   $234,253,857 21
2014/08/22 2 $4,818,549 +87% 3,371 $1,429   $239,072,406 22
2014/08/23 1 $7,480,888 +55% 3,371 $2,219   $246,553,294 23
2014/08/24 1 $4,902,775 -34% 3,371 $1,454   $251,456,069 24
2014/08/25 1 $1,662,402 -66% 3,371 $493   $253,118,471 25
2014/08/26 1 $2,109,302 +27% 3,371 $626   $255,227,773 26
2014/08/27 1 $1,507,039 -29% 3,371 $447   $256,734,812 27
2014/08/28 1 $1,562,456 +4% 3,371 $463   $258,297,268 28
2014/08/29 1 $3,850,000 +146% 3,462 $1,112   $262,147,268 29

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/08/01 1 $94,320,883   4,080 $23,118   $94,320,883 3
2014/08/08 2 $42,124,922 -55% 4,088 $10,305   $176,515,761 10
2014/08/15 2 $25,115,564 -40% 3,697 $6,793   $222,661,385 17
2014/08/22 1 $17,202,212 -32% 3,371 $5,103   $251,456,069 24
2014/08/29 1 $16,313,000 -5% 3,462 $4,712   $274,610,268 31

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