Guardians of the Galaxy makes $500 million worldwide and Robert Downey Jr says it’s ‘the best Marvel movie ever’


It’s a good year for Marvel. Not only did it make bank with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it also made bank with an unknown property, Guardians of the Galaxy. Walt Disney Pictures has revealed that the James Gunn-directed movie has now surpassed the $500 million mark worldwide yesterday. So far it has made $255.2 million in the States and $245.3 million internationally, with countries like Germany, Italy, Japan and China still getting ready to debut the film there.

Guardians of the Galaxy has set the record for the biggest August box office opening domestically with $94.3 million. The movie’s soundtrack, “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1” was also a hit by being #1 for two weeks on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Not only is Guardians successful, but the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., has said that the movie is the best.

“[Guardians of the] Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever,” Downey told the press at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of The Judge. “And it’s odd for someone with — on occasion — an ego the size of mine to actually say that! We’re talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: ‘Look!’ It’s like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: ‘Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has a great arm and he should start.’ And then he goes and wins the Superbowl!”

Downey says that the success was made possible by luck, producer Kevin Feige and Walt Disney Studios.

“The armature and breadth of what Disney has done in their ability to put things to market is unprecedented,” he said.

Guardians is also set to surpass Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the biggest movie of the year domestically.


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