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article image'Guardians of the Galaxy' to give boost to box office

By Tim O'Brien     Jul 31, 2014 in Entertainment
UPDATE: Weekend estimates continue to climb as "Guardians of the Galaxy" beats expectations and pleases audiences all over.
Its Friday haul of $37.8 million will help launch it to an August opening weekend record. Estimates now have it passing $90 million when all is said and done, noted The Wrap. They, too, noted the audiences and the enthusiam for this film is in opening weekend territory of "Godzilla," another film that beat expectations. This one will beat those by a long shot.
UPDATE: A boost it is for the box office as "Guardians of the Galaxy" took in an estimated $11.2 million from the Thursday showings.
A shot in the arm is in order for the box office and it may come in the form of "Guardians of the Galaxy." Even if the glut of superheroes has taken its toll, this escapism movie may hit the spot.
After "Guardians of the Galaxy" gets digested, it could be a good thing. It not only has the potential of creating great characters (and likable), the music will hit home for the nostalgic crowd, and the baby boomers.
The soundtrack alone may be one reason to head to "Guardians of the Galaxy." If one loves the 1970s, get ready. The movie just gets started and on comes "I'm Not in Love" by 10cc, then not long after that, "Go All the Way" by the Raspberries. But, it is the reason for the mix tape that is important. No spoilers here as this is not a review, either.
1. "Guardians of the Galaxy" - 4,080 theaters
2. "Get On Up" - 2,468 theaters
3. "Calvary" - 4 theaters
The Wrap noted that the film could very well end up in the $60-70 million range. Not bad at all considering the slump of late. The box office needs a fun movie that perhaps knocks some cobwebs out.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" stars a plethora of known actors, and two well-known voices. First, the voices, and they matter here. Bradley Cooper is Rocket Raccoon, who is vital to this movie and Vin Diesel is Groot, a tree. But it is Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista who are the core of the film. Other notables include Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro. It is rated PG-13.
The other wide release for the weekend is "Get On Up." It is the story of James Brown and it directed by Tate Taylor, who directed "The Help." This is Chadwick Boseman's film. "Get on Up" is rated PG-13. Boseman already has played a legend on screen in Jackie Robinson in "42" so he is no stranger to how hard that can be. The film also stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
Mick Jagger gets a producer credit here.
The slow roll out goes to "Calvary," starring Brendan Gleeson. It is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. The story of a Catholic priest and being Irish. It is listed as being a comedy and a drama.
"Child of God" is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and directed by James Franco. It stars Scott Haze as Lester Ballard.
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