Guardians Of The Galaxy Already Breaking Records For 2014

By Sean O'Connell 2014-07-30 12:17:10discussion comments
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Guardians of the Galaxy hasnít even opened in theaters, and already, itís breaking records. Some at Marvel might have questioned the marketability of superheroes not named Thor and Captain America. This news should make them breathe a little easier.

Fandango reports that James Gunnís Guardians of the Galaxy "is poised to be the biggest August pre-seller in Fandangoís history, far outpacing advance sales for the previous record-holder, Matt Damonís 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum, and pacing to be this yearís #1 non-sequel pre-seller, beating the previous record-holder, The LEGO Movie." Wow, thatís an impressive accomplishment. Those of us tracking the potential for Guardians worried about a few factors that might have counted against it. Chris Pratt, while charming, isnít a bona-fide leading man yet. The characters include a talking raccoon and a tree hero. No one knows who the Guardians are.

Fandango researched those ideas and came back with great statistics, all leading into the early success of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Fandango has surveyed more than 1,000 "Guardians" ticket-buyers on its site and found that:

95% are attracted by the filmís off-the-wall humor;
87% plan to attend the movie with a group of friends on opening weekend;
85% are looking forward to seeing Chris Pratt in his breakout role as Peter Quill ("Star-Lord");
80% are already interested in seeing additional "Guardians" movies;
73% claimed the movieís retro soundtrack made them more excited to see it;
67% picked Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) as the otherworldly character theyíre most anticipating;
58% were previously unfamiliar with the "Guardians" comic books.

That last stat is the most telling, as Marvel likely was facing an uphill battle in promoting this movie because it wasnít populated with household names like The Hulk or Spider-Man. This means that Marvelís promotional duties on behalf of Guardians of the Galaxy have been top notch, and the fact that 80% of people polled want to see "additional" Guardians movies bodes VERY well for the recently confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Going this weekend? Of course you are. Before you run, check out this original artwork inspired by Guardians exclusive to Fandango.

Guardians of the Galaxy

And get your ticket now, because they are going fast! Guardians of the Galaxy opens everywhere on Thursday, July 31.
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