$94 mil GotG weekend breaks B.O. records; had highest percentage of female viewers for any MCU film

The biggest opening weekend ever in August at the U.S. box office wasn’t the only record that James Gunn’s phenomenal Guardians of the Galaxy broke this weekend. Its $94 million three-day take came in third only to "Transformers 4" ($98 million) and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" ($95 million) for domestic opening weekends in 2014, especially remarkable because the film was not a sequel, remake, or reboot, nor was it based on well-known or even vaguely-known source material.

Perhaps most interesting, Guardians of the Galaxy set a new record for percentage of female viewers for a Marvel Studios film, according to Box Office Mojo.


Based on exit polling, the Guardians of the Galaxy’s audience consisted of 44 percent female viewers, which is the biggest share ever among Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. The previous record holder was The Avengers, which drew in 40 percent female viewers.

It’s a huge win for Marvel Studios and shows that the appeal of their films isn't limited to just male viewers [duhhhhhhh], which typically are rumored to make up the majority of audiences for superhero and sci-fi films. With the growing female audience, hopefully it will also help in pushing forward a solo superhero movie with a female lead.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is scheduled to be released in movie theaters on July 28, 2017.