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Guardians of the Galaxy hasn’t even opened in theaters, and already, it’s 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 Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy "is poised to be the biggest August pre-seller in Fandango’s history, far outpacing advance sales for the previous record-holder, Matt Damon’s 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum, and pacing to be this year’s #1 non-sequel pre-seller, beating the previous record-holder, The LEGO Movie." Wow, that’s 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, isn’t 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.
That last stat is the most telling, as Marvel likely was facing an uphill battle in promoting this movie because it wasn’t populated with household names like The Hulk or Spider-Man. This means that Marvel’s 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.
And get your ticket now, because they are going fast! Guardians of the Galaxy opens everywhere on Thursday, July 31.