Can Guardians of the Galaxy Break the Box Office Curse of Summer 2014?

August 4, 2014 4:34 PM

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Guardians of the Galaxy earned an estimated $94 million on its opening weekend, setting a new August record and validating the filmmakers and executives who took a chance on a tongue-in-cheek, big-budget sci-fi adventure based on a lesser-known cult title. With a solid $66 million opening from overseas markets and a sequel in progress, the Marvel Studios (DIS) film is already one of this year’s great successes. How great depends: Can Guardians break the box office curse of summer 2014?

By almost every measure, this summer has been a disappointment at the domestic box office, a credit to audience fatigue, a crowded schedule of tentpole releases, and fewer mid-level hits along the lines of last year’s The Conjuring. For the first time since 2002, July’s total didn’t even hit $1 bill...

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