Guardians of the Galaxy has a solid overall story interwoven with all of the essential narrative threads to make it a blockbuster. These include elements of good versus evil, survival, friendship, a touch of hopeful romance, and the belief that underdogs can reach their full potential. It's Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs at its finest. And it was brought to life with heartfelt, relatable and aspirational characters with well defined and often conflicting personas, laced with a range of humor from physical comedy to more sophisticated wit and sarcasm.
Because of this, Guardians of the Galaxy made roughly $94 million in its first weekend domestically, received a solid "A" CinemaScore from moviegoers, and obtained solid reviews from critics.