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Intl Box Office: Russia Leads Space Race With $3.2M Open For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’; Day 1 Overseas Cume At $11M

Intl Box Office: Russia Leads Space Race With $3.2M Open For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’; Day 1 Overseas Cume At $11MWith $11.2M in domestic late nights, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy bested the studios’ own start for Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year. And it was a similar story abroad where the James Gunn-directed space chase earned $11M across its first day on Thursday. In total this weekend, GOTG hits about 40 markets. Among the openings yesterday were the UK, Russia, Korea, and Brazil. Those are key markets which were among the top consumers of Cap 2, and that’s one of the movies that Disney is using as a key comp today when it points to the strong starts around the globe. Russia was reliably receptive with a $3.2M opening day, the single biggest take of any territory so far. Across Asia/Pacific, Guardians earned about $3.4M from seven territories. Korea opened with $900K. That was 25% ahead of Thor 2 on a day for day basis, and is a very healthy number in a crowded field. There are two giant local movies at the Korean box office right now, Kundo: Age Of The Rampant and Roaring Currents. Across the region, Guardians‘ first day was 19% biger than Cap 2 and 37% bigger than Thor 2.

In the UK/Ireland, Guardians opened to $2.3M in previews, which is 8% above the opening day of Cap 2. IMAX results in the UK were worth 12% of the box office, off just 2% of the screen count. Without breaking out numbers just yet, … Read More »

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Box Office Late Nights: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Highest Of 2014 With $11.2M; ‘Get On Up’ $371K

By | Friday August 1, 2014 @ 7:46am PDT

Box Office Late Nights: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Highest Of 2014 With $11.2M; ‘Get On Up’ $371KUPDATED, Friday, 7:46 AM: The Star Lord has arrived — I’m speaking not of the industry’s new superstar Chris Pratt, but of writer/director James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy has rocketed in late nights soaring to $11.2M which is north of Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Thursday’s for Disney/Marvel — and for the rest of the industry which is laying hopes that the summer offering will boost box office out of its slump. It started its late nights at 7 p.m in roughly 80% to 85% of its total weekend runs or 3,260 to 3,400 locales. The Captain went onto gross $95M in its opening weekend. Guardians could easily do $40M tonight for an $80M to $90M+ weekend as the tracking with kids is very strong … which means family moviegoing day should help boost the picture from being only fan front-loaded. It’s bowing in 4,080 locales tonight, making it the widest release of any film ever in the month of August, according to Rentrak, who notes that the last biggest opener was G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra in 2009 with 4,007 runs. I would expect a pretty strong CinemaScore tonight as well.

IMAX’s 354 screens generated $1.9M (or 17%) of last night’s gross, which accounts for the biggest August pre-release ever for IMAX; it’s also the second-best advance Thursday for Disney or a Marvel title for IMAX behind only Iron Man 3. Internationally, the numbers are rolling in as well (see Nancy Tartaglione’s international report).

Disney/Marvel is a potent combination — it opened with Captain America: The Winter Solider which was the biggest April opener ever and now will boost the summer with Guardians of the Galaxy which will end up the biggest August opener, surpassing Bourne Ultimatum‘s $69.2M. So Disney/Marvel will have opened and closed the summer (okay, the Cap opened in April) with record openings. For comparisons, here’s how other tentpoles fared:

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“It’s an encouraging start with what looks like will be a great day ahead of us and an exciting run,” said Dave Hollis, exec VP distribution for the Walt Disney Studios. I’d say. And the social media metrics for Guardians are also out of this world. Read More »

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Watch: NBC Brass Upset When Chris Pratt Went Commando On ‘Parks And Rec’

Watch: NBC Brass Upset When Chris Pratt Went Commando On ‘Parks And Rec’In case you missed this hysterical story from Chris Pratt on Late Night With Seth Meyers Wednesday night, the Parks And Recreation actor recounted when he opted to take a nude scene — a little too far.  Pratt told Meyers, ”It’s kind of funny now because they’re not going to fire me — I don’t think, because we’re going to be done this year. Wait! They could.  They sent me a letter saying that I’m not suppose to make a joke about this, so just so you know, this is really serious.” Unlike other comedians whose bad jokes ran afoul with the NBC suits in the past (i.e. Norm MacDonald’s Saturday Night Live Weekend Update stint and then NBC West Coast Executive Don Ohlmeyer), Pratt luckily lived to see another day. He stars in Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, opening Friday.  Take a look at Pratt’s sitdown with Meyers:

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Comic-Con: Marvel Teases New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Animation Series

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT

Comic-Con: Marvel Teases New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Animation SeriesThe Marvel Animation universe just got a lot bigger today. With perfect timing to the upcoming live action pic, the superhero giant revealed a new Guardians Of The Galaxy animation series this morning at Comic-Con.  No news on when the series will debut but it will be on Disney XD . A literally explosive 1-minute preview of the series was shown today with the Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord characters appearing. The GOTG movie, of course, debuts next week on the big screen.

comic-con-logoOf course, Marvel being secretive Marvel they didn’t say much more about the GOTG series but the applauding fans seemed cool with that. “Enjoy the cartoons, that’s what you are supposed to do on a Saturday morning,” Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb joked with the crowd earlier as he jeph loeb marvel animation comic con 2014introduced the event.

The panel in the San Diego Convention Center’s near full huge Room 6BCF was hosted by Marvel Animation VP Stephen Wacker, SVP Eric Radomski and VP Cort Lane. Fred “the voice of Hulk” Tatasciore in the green giant’s animated series joined them too.

Besides the announcement of the new series, most of the panel was full of screening some of Marvel Animation’s already established jewels in the crown projects. There was a full first-ever showing of Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors which premieres on Disney XD in September. There were also clips from the upcoming now officially confirmed upcoming … Read More »

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Comic-Con: TV Promos Dominate As San Diego Marketing Blitz Begins

By and | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 7:38pm PDT

Comic-Con: TV Promos Dominate As San Diego Marketing Blitz BeginsOnce again it’s the networks that have poured big money into blanketing downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in promo materials, with a few exceptions. Besides Showtime’s Penny Dreadful being on all the lanyards for the more than 130,000 attendees, here’s what’s greeting Comic-Congoers on the ground as Wednesday’s Preview Night kicks into gear ahead of the Thursday-to-Sunday rush (check back for more glimpses from geek ground zero throughout the week):

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sdcc-legendsNBC’s Constantine (above) has a blazing standee of star Matt Ryan on display to get audiences used to seeing the Welsh thesp as DC Comics antihero John Constantine. Show debuts October 24. Elsewhere around Comic-Con’s downtown HQ, a massive banner for TNT’s August-premiering series Legends, starring Sean Bean and Ali Larter, has taken another chunk of prime eyeball real estate. Read More »

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Can ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Help Rescue The Summer Box Office?

By | Sunday July 20, 2014 @ 2:48pm PDT

Can ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Help Rescue The Summer Box Office?Image (1) box_office_weekend_3202008-12-22-1229966765_20110417092737.jpg for post 123287This weekend’s domestic box office was off a whopping 28 percent, which has people wondering why. Could it be the quality is just not there? “Yeah, what the hell is going on, right?” said one distributor when I asked. “It’s content driven. We’re in a slump at the moment, but next year will be better. This year, I don’t think it’s any indication that problems are anything but the  content.” As in quality, or lack thereof, and I think that most Deadline readers would concur that though this summer has seen some gems (like The Fault in Our Stars, Apes, Heaven is For Real), they’ve wrapped around some real stinkers (A Million Ways to Die in the West, Moms Night Out).

By the way, Paramount’s Transformers:Age of Extinction has made $659.1M internationally and around $228M to date domestically, is on track to become the 19th picture ever to move past the $1B mark and could end up in the Top Ten all-time worldwide grossers. But others have fallen flat. As we’ve noted in the past, it’s a cyclical business. Some of the pictures from 2014 moved to 2015 to avoid having to deal with the World Cup. Next summer looks more promising: the April 3rd release of Fast and Furious 7, followed in May by the highly-anticipated The Avengers: Age of Ultron and then The Fantastic Four, Jurassic World, Ted 2, Minions and Terminator.

But here’s the question: When will the industry see a movie that will go four consecutive weekends in a row at No. 1? (see chart below, courtesy of Rentrak). And could Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy do it?  Read More »

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s’ New Featurette

By | Saturday July 19, 2014 @ 10:01am PDT

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s’ New FeaturetteDisney/Marvel released a new featurette for its upcoming, highly-anticipated film, Guardians of the Galaxy which will bow in theaters on August 1. The film, directed by James Gunn, stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and features Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. Here’s Chris Pratt talking Guardians. Take a peek:

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WATCH: More Is More In Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ IMAX Preview, Extended Trailer?

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 1:41pm PDT

WATCH: More Is More In Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ IMAX Preview, Extended Trailer?Below is the latest trailer for Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, which opens July 31 internationally before debuting stateside the next day. This new action-packed extended peek dropped after Disney/Marvel unloaded 17 minutes of IMAX footage last night to drum up buzz on the superhero team-up, including a looong galactic prison break scene and sizzle reels that drew comparisons to Star Wars from fans and bloggers.

I’ve heard the James Gunn-directed pic is almost done with post with less than a month left to go before release. Given its lesser known comic book characters and the tepid summer on the box office charts so far, Marvel needs to drum up all the excitement it can. Enter the mainstream, older-skewing Guardians soundtrack for dads: Is this how Marvel’s gonna hook the baby boomer set? Read More »

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DeadlineNow: Will ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Heat Up Tepid Summer Box Office? (Video)

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 4:17pm PDT
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Will 'Planet Of The Apes' Sequel Give Flat Summer Box Office A Boost?

It may be getting warming up outside but the summer box office just hasn't been that hot so far. There hasn't been a single $100M opening weekend yet. After a weekend that was down over 40% from last year, will the 'Planet Of The Apes' sequel create some traction when it goes wide on June 11? Will Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' see stratospheric results? Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss.

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Hot International Trailer: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 12:45am PDT

Hot International Trailer: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’Marvel UK just dropped a new trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the James Gunn-directed superhero pic that rolls out later this summer. This taste is a bit different than the last one we got in May — it’s slightly more serious, and minus the catchy Blue Swede cover of “Hooked on a Feeling”, though Rocket does bring his “fake laugh”. Chris Pratt stars with Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, and Vin Diesel. Pratt plays Peter Quill, who becomes the target of bounty hunters after stealing a mysterious orb, and links up with a ragtag band of misfits with the fate of the galaxy at stake. Disney starts playing it internationally on July 31, and brings it to the States the next day.

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Josh Brolin Voicing Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ & ‘Avengers 2′ Villian

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 1:34pm PDT

"Labor Day" - Mayfair Gala European Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals: 57th BFI London Film FestivalHe’s played his fair share of good guys, bad and even a sitting President of the United States, but Josh Brolin is really going to be playing full-on evil in Disney and Marvel’s upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Marvel as usual will say nothing but sources confirm the actor will voice the character of villain Thanos in the blockbuster superhero pics. Latino Review first broke the news of Brolin’s involvement in Guardians.  Sources tell me that the actor Thanosactually was cast months ago as Thanos for the James Gunn-directed pic and has completed all the VO work. Good thing too, because Guardians  is out on August 1. Glimpsed briefly at the end of 2012’s The Avengers, Thanos is a long-standing character in the Marvel Comics universe who has brought a tone of chaos and has a complicated romantic life to say the least. Damon Poitier played the purple skinned villain in the Joss Whedon-directed pic. Indications are Thanos will be back in a much bigger way in the sequel due out next May 1 with Brolin providing the vocals so to speak. He certainly isn’t the only thespian of note doing voice work for the Marvel megamovies. Bradley Cooper is voicing furry gun-toting hero … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 10:57am PDT

Guardians of the GalaxyDisney and Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy has unveiled a second trailer introducing the motley crew of space bandits and bruisers of the August 1 superhero team-up. Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) alongside Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel. James Gunn (Slither, Super) directs from the script he wrote with Nicole Perlman. The new trailer offers a closer look at the lineup of heroes and villains for those not already intimately familiar with the lesser-known Marvel comic book characters. Meanwhile GotG fans get a taste of Diesel’s tree-like superhero Groot, who delivers his one line of dialogue in the new promo: Read More »

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Hot Teaser: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 8:05pm PDT

Guardians of the Galaxy posterIt’s been a few months since we got the first-look trailer for Marvel‘s superhero team-up. Now he’s a sneak of the second one, which will hit Facebook on Monday at 10 AM PT . Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill in Guardians Of The Galaxy alongside Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel. Quill becomes the target of bounty hunters after stealing a mysterious orb and links up with a ragtag band of misfits with the fate of the galaxy at stake. James Gunn directed the flick, which he co-wrote with Nicole Perlman. Disney releases it August 1. Here’s a taste of the next taste — oh, and the new poster:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 9:05pm PST

Marvel‘s superhero team-up Guardians Of The Galaxy unveiled a first-look trailer tonight on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Chris Pratt stars alongside Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, and Vin Diesel in the cosmic tale of Peter Quill (Pratt), who becomes the target of bounty hunters after stealing a mysterious orb and links up with a ragtag band of misfits with the fate of the galaxy at stake. James Gunn directs the pic, which hits theaters August 1. Check out the trailer:

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CBS’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Cast, Disney’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Pitch In To Battle New ‘Tonight Show’: Video

To compete with the premiere of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman tonight welcomes the cast of CBS’ departing How I Met Your Mother, who read the night’s Top 10 List.  “Someone finally points out that I don’t sound like Bob Saget,” contributes Josh Radnor. (Watch the video below.) ABC is also helping its late-night franchise this week: Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a shot in the arm tomorrow when company Disney will unveil the world premiere of the first trailer for its latest Marvel pic Guardians Of The Galaxy. Star Chris Pratt will help out. The movie comes out August 1.

Here’s the full HIMYM Top-10 List:

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Vin Diesel Confirmed To Play Alien Tree In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’: Photo

By | Sunday December 22, 2013 @ 11:31am PST

The worst-kept secret of the superhero film universe is now official: Marvel has finally confirmed that Vin Diesel is voicing Groot, the extraterrestrial plant monster of comics lore, in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. The Fast & Furious star has been teasing the role for months and posted a photo over the weekend posing with his onscreen alter ego. Gunn added via Facebook: “Yep it is completely official. AND he’s amazing. I never knew someone could say I AM GROOT so many different ways and with such feeling (and that sounds like I’m kidding but I’m not!)” Diesel stars in the cosmic superteam actioner alongside Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax. The Marvel pic hits theaters August 1, 2014. See any resemblance below?

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Bradley Cooper Confirmed For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Role

Bradley Cooper has made his deal with Marvel Studios to join Guardians Of The Galaxy to voice furry gun-toting hero Rocket Raccoon. The news was made official on Marvel’s website just now. Talk first surfaced last week that Cooper and Marvel were in deep negotiations. The casting marks Cooper’s first foray into the superhero world and his debut voicing an animated character. Cooper would also be the final addition to the James Gunn-directed pic, which has already started filming in the UK. He joins Chris Pratt, Benicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and John C. Reilly in the cast, and Vin Diesel has been talking about coming on board to voice the tree-like Groot. Disney is set to release Guardians on August 1, 2014. Cooper, who earlier this month joined Warner Bros’ Lance Armstrong pic as a producer and potential star, is repped by CAA. He’s next up in Sony’s American Hustle in December, a pic that reunited him with his Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell. Cooper earned an Oscar nom for that pic.

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Bradley Cooper Close To Joining Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 12:19pm PDT

Rocket Raccoon may have found his voice. Bradley Cooper is in deep negotiations with Marvel to join Guardians Of The Galaxy as the furry gun-toting hero. While nothing is solid yet, this is actually quite far along. I’m hearing from multiple sources that it could be a done deal between the actor and Disney-owned Marvel early next week. Latino Review first reported that Cooper and Marvel were talking. Coming just a week after the Silver Linings Playbook actor joined Warner Bros’ Lance Armstrong pic as a producer and potential star, this latest move is Cooper’s first foray into the superhero world even if it is in voice only. It would also be the actor’s debut handling the vocals for an animated character. Cooper would also be the final addition to the now filming James Gunn-directed pic. He would join Chris Pratt, Benicio del Toro, Zoe Saldana and Glenn Close among others. As I reported earlier this month, Van Diesel is talking to Marvel too about coming on board to GOTG. The Fast & Furious star would voice the tree-like Groot character in the film, which is set to be released on August 1, 2014. Bradley Cooper is repped by CAA.

Related: Vin Diesel In Talks To Join ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

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