After salvaging a summer full of box office flops, Marvel's Phase Two adventure Guardians of the Galaxy has passed the $700 million milestone at the global box office to become the true winner of the season.
Guardians of the Galaxy opened with a record debut in China last weekend, taking in an October-best $29.3 million, which helped put the superhero ensemble at $705.1 million worldwide ($326.7 million domestic, $378.4 million international). The opening weekend tally in China was the third biggest ever in the country, following Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Guardians of the Galaxy is just the fourth Marvel movie to crack $700 million worldwide, following this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and Marvel's The Avengers. It is also the first Marvel adventure to crack that milestone as the first movie in a series, which doesn't feature previously-established characters.
Guardians of the Galaxy has earned the most internationally in the U.K. ($47.3 million), China, ($43.4 million), Russia ($37.5 million), Australia ($24.4 million), and Germany ($24 million), with the movie opening in its last remaining international market, Italy, on October 22.
The Marvel Phase Two adventure is currently the top-grossing movie of the year domestically, debuting with a $94.3 million opening weekend that is the highest August opening ever, and the 10th straight #1 debut for a Marvel movie. The soundtrack hit #1 on the Billboard 200 charts in its second and third weeks in release, and was recently certified as a Gold record release. Marvel is also moving forward with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is slated for release on July 28, 2017.
The big question that remains is can any other movie slated for release this year knock Guardians of the Galaxy out of the top spot? The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 may be the only movie that has a chance, since the last movie in Lionsgate's lucrative franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, took in $424.6 million domestically last year, and was the highest-grossing movie of 2013.